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Era of Crisis and Revolt

Era of Crisis and Revolt

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Published by Drew Povey
Author - Baba Aye
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Published by: Drew Povey on Sep 13, 2012
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Era of crises &revolts
 
Perspectives for workers and youths
 
Baba Aye
 
 
 
 Dedicated to the memories of Teslim, Chima & Laitan
 
 Preface and Acknowledgements
The fact that we are living through historic times is one that is beyond question. Theworld economy and global political system is in severe crisis. This is manifest in severalcountries as the worldwide economic crisis merges with and is itself aggravated by theaccumulated pathway of 
mal-
development which we have witnessed for some fivecenturies and in particular over the last thirty five years. The working class and youthsare fighting back with much vigour. Resistance in some countries, particularly in NorthAfrica have resulted in political revolutions. Governments in Europe have also beenconsumed by the crisis.The January 2012 Revolt in Nigeria was a turning point for many working class activistsand radical youths. Our ideas found resonance in the hearts of millions who rose as one tochallenge the system. In the aftermath of this development of historic significance, thereis the need to put in perspective the era unfolding before us, so as to arm working peoplein general and the activists amongst them in particular with perspectives. Ideas are crucialfor victory, because they guide the methods we choose and develop and inform theultimate goals we pursue as we struggle against particular attacks or for specific reforms.The idea of writing this book came in the second half of February 2012, as propositions by comrades at two programmes where I presented
a paper titled ―An Era of GlobalCrisis and Resistance‖. The first was a symposium organised by the Socialist Workers
League (SWL) for shop stewards and state council officers of trade unions in the FederalCapital Territory, Abuja. Comrades from a number of unions, in particular from theAmalgamated Union (AUPCTRE), Civil Service Union (NCSU) & the Association of Senior Civil Servants (ASCSN), expressed the opinion that the paper should bedeveloped into a book and made available to a wider spectrum of working class activists.In this regard, I wish to particularly appreciate the interventions of Comrades Aliu(AUPCTRE FCT Chair), Amaechi (NCSU FCT Chair), Sikiru (AUPCTRE FederalCouncil Secretary), Tessy (NCSU FCT Vice-Chair), Johnson (AUPCTRE FCTSecretary), Femi (ASCSN Abuja), Prof. Toye Olorode, Dr Umar Kari (ASUU, UniAbuja)and also Sola Olorunfemi, who moderated the programme.A week after the symposium, I presented the same paper at the 2
nd
General CouncilSession of the SWL at Oshogbo. A similar response was made by comrades at the programme. The cadres of Socialist Youth League (SYL), the SWL structure oncampuses were particularly vocal in this regard and they have been on my case ever sincethen. In fact, the urgency of wrapping up the book came from the pressure they piled onme. This is because by June 30, SYL will commence a programme of mass education oncampuses starting with the Federal Polytechnic Ede. A book such as this was considerednecessary for arming cadres and would be cadres of the SYL, and other activists as wellwith perspectives on where we are now, how we got here and what is to be done. I would
 particularly want to appreciate the interventions and ―disturbance‖ from Ola Rasheed,Kunle ―Wizman‖ Ajayi, Ismail ―Rio‖ Oloyede, Awo Sam, Ebony Lijofi, ―Ay Struggle‖,Mojeed, MKO, ―Senators‖ Saheed
& Oyee.The first draft of the book was discussed at the 2
nd
Socialist Workers League Conventionon February 25-27, 2012 at the IMB (NUPENG) hall, Ibadan. The final draft benefitedfrom some of the issues raised at the Convention. In particular, I would want toappreciate the interventions by Comrades Femi Aborisade, Oluwatoba, Andy Emelieze,Kemi Afolayan, Ola Saint Jericho, Biodun Olamosu and all the earlier mentioned SYLwho equally participated actively at the 2
nd
SWLC.Comrades Ayuba Wabba and Marcus Omokhuale, the National President and SecretaryGeneral
of Medical and Health Workers‘ Union of Nigeria were supportive of writing
this book in a way they might not have been aware of. The process of writing the book 

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