Ruling Class War Against The Nigerian Masses Continues To Fuel Separatism And Give Excuses For State Terror!

Press Statement by the Socialist Congress of Nigeria (SCON)—a TPAP-M affiliate

We condemn the rising frequency of violent assault on Nigerian residents by authorities brokers

The Socialist Congress of Nigeria (SCON) strongly condemns the widely-reported armed assault safety operatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria  involving what evidently quantities to disproportionate use of pressure on the non-public residence of Mr Sunday Adeyemo (often known as Sunday Igboho) at Ibadan, Oyo State, in the midst of the evening of Thursday July 1 2021.

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In this rising frequency and depth of the deployment of heavy armed pressure throughout civil disturbances, we recall the heavy navy barrage in opposition to, and the resultant carnage on, the compound of Mr El Zak Zaky just a few years in the past within the metropolis of Zaria; the huge and unprovoked navy assaults and killing of unarmed peaceable protesters on the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on October 20, 2020; and the present entrenchment of routine assaults on peaceable protests together with the current police homicide of a scholar protesting in opposition to will increase in class charges in Kaduna State! This sustained state terror throughout Nigeria, in fact, has its antecedents within the brutal financial and social insurance policies imposed with impunity particularly because the late Seventies!

On the particular case of the assault on Igboho’s residence, it’s unacceptable in a law-governed society {that a} full “shoot-out” navy operation was carried out on a citizen’s residence, reportedly, with out a search warrant or any invitation by police to such a citizen to report at a delegated police institution; even when law-enforcement companies declare to be in possession of “intelligence reports”! These questions come up due to the quite a few cases of what amounted, up to now, to abstract executions and disappearances of “suspects” by police!

We should add that the intractable fundamentalist militancy within the North East of as we speak and the present militarization and state-sponsored violence within the South East are traceable to the impunity of state energy and state actors forward of the present separatist, secessionist, ethnicized and religionized section of violent conflicts in Nigeria! Over time, a police state developed in our nation as a result of the ruling coalitions had failed constantly within the final 20 years no less than to ship on the easy duty of securing the lives and property of residents!

SCON’s place on separatist and secessionist decision of the disaster of governance in Nigeria as we speak

We should declare that we in SCON consider that any peaceable separatist and even secessionist program is, or could also be, professional; however we all know that there are hardly any antecedents or examples of such peaceable secession! Even the chance or precise peaceable breakup of Nigeria as it’s as we speak, with the generalized socially irresponsible and looting mentality of the ruling class,  will merely maintain the pursuits of the ethnic faction of the Nigerian ruling class in opposition to that of the oppressed and marginalised plenty of individuals within the putative “new” nation! These are the teachings of the historical past of separatisms; not figments of our creativeness.

Assuming {that a} breakup of Nigeria will be achieved peacefully, speedy and sensible issues of making and sustaining new boarders, huge refugee issues (housing, meals, water, well being care, jobs, agricultural land, and so on.) and attendant safety disaster within the “new countries” and their borders will fester for many years to return. The poor and marginalized plenty, not the varied ethnic wings of the Nigerian ruling class, will essentially bear the burdens of those penalties. We should additionally state emphatically {that a} break up Nigeria, peaceable or not, will result in lack of the inherent benefits of the sweetness and variety of the geographical, useful resource, and cultural range which have enabled, and continues to allow, the plenty of strange individuals to construct, alternate, and maintain genuine solidarity and fraternity, livelihoods, and alternatives! Clearly these benefits are realizable provided that the struggles of the plenty produce a Nigeria that’s owned really by the plenty.  

For the explanation of all the foregoing, we condemn, in very robust phrases, the continued irresponsible deployment of the police and the military and different multiplying wings of Nigeria’s neo-colonial, largely punitive occupation “law-enforcement formations” in opposition to our individuals throughout Nigeria. At the identical time, the ruling class can not safe the life and property of our individuals; not simply within the growing ethnic and non secular conflicts, but in addition in ruling class-instigated inter-community, intra-community, and non secular clashes!

Imposing “disaster” financial and social insurance policies, divide-and-rule, and repressing well-liked resistance: how constantly-regrouping elites from throughout Nigeria keep in energy to build up wealth.

It is trying an increasing number of apparent that the instigation of ethnic and non secular conflicts in Nigeria is a ruling-class program of producing “disasters” to divert the eye of the plenty from the violent financial and social insurance policies imposed on them particularly within the final twenty years or so—insurance policies that generate and multiply poverty, inequality, hopelessness, and manifested in unemployment, unpaid salaries and pensions, cuts in staff’ salaries, will increase in gasoline and electrical energy costs, abandonment of infrastructures and public-funded training, safety and well being care.

Beyond enabling the ruling-class coalitions they name political events to keep up a divide-and- rule maintain on the victims of their IMF/World Bank financial and social insurance policies, the stated insurance policies are the direct causes of the ethnic, spiritual, farmer-herder, and communal antipathies and clashes, concern, cultism, ritual murders, city and rural decay, banditry and generalized violence. In flip the generalized violence breed the tradition of teams and people resorting to “self-defense” and taking the regulation into their very own arms—creating, predictably, the present Nigerian state of barbarism which human beings have been making an attempt to beat within the final 5 thousand years or so!

For a Mass pan-Nigerian Working Peoples’ Independent Political Response and Class Resistance

In the circumstance imposed on Nigeria by overlapping generations of Nigeria’s ruling class and their handlers within the World Bank and the IMF, we repeat our name on the plenty of the Nigerian individuals to start to construct impartial peoples’ coalitions comparable to the present effort of The Peoples Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M) which SCON is totally concerned in. A Peoples Alternative motion will work in direction of A New Nigeria, guaranteeing  peoples energy and enforcement of elementary financial and social rights of all Nigerians—sovereignty of the individuals and placing the commanding heights of the economic system beneath well-liked public management, huge public help for city and rural renewal and environmental rehabilitation; well-liked and group management of law-enforcement and law-enforcement companies;  reversal of all of the looting they name privatization; proper to safety of life and property, proper to jobs, proper to meals, water, shelter, public-funded training and well being care and reasonably priced public transport.

We pose the foregoing elementary situations because the treatment for escalating mass poverty, concern, ethnic and non secular divisions, separatist and secessionist agitations, banditry, basic insecurity of life and property and generalized violence throughout Nigeria.

Omotoye Olorode

Socialist Congress of Nigeria 

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Ruling Class War Against The Nigerian Masses Continues To Fuel Separatism And Give Excuses For State Terror!

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