DSS Siege On NASS, Ploy To Use Coercion To Subvert Democracy – SPN

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L-R: Composite photo of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara.

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Thursday condemned the Tuesday’s siege mounted on the National Assembly by the operatives of  Department of State Services (DSS).

SPN in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan jointly signed by the Acting National Chairperson National Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye and  Chinedu Bosah stressed that the DSS siege was mean ” to subvert the will of the people “

According to the party, there was no basis for the siege by the DSS on the National Assembly in the early hours on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, saying, “the entire circumstances that surrounded and characterized the ridiculous event at the NASS complex, are not only similar to a police blockade of the National Assembly in 2014 but  also confirm the fact that, no section of the capitalist politicians is different when it comes to the use of state security/repressive apparatuses to  subvert the will of the people and suppression of the opposition including democratic institutions always in desperation to either hold on to power or consolidate on it.”

SPN maintained that there is the need for the ” Nigeria working people not to be sympathetic to any section of  the elites in conflict or  fall prey to their antics and gimmicks knowing fully well that they will always be united in their attacks against the wellbeing and social welfare of the masses across the country.”

“Instead, the entire working masses must be united to condemn and reject any attempt to use the instruments of coercion to subvert the democratic process in preparation for the struggle for the enthronement of a genuine working class democracy that will always be representative of the interest and aspiration of the working people across in the country.” it said.

The party pointed out that, “since the commencement of this civil rule in 1999, the Nigeria working masses who were the major actors in the struggle that led to the current seemingly democratic process have never fundamentally benefited from any socially and economically known dividends of  democracy, in terms of workers’ welfare, affordable education and healthcare, including housing and electricity.”

SPN added “this is not the case for the various sections of the  ruling elites who often feed fat from the public resources and force, preside and drive various neoliberal policies that often makes the living condition of the working people to go from bad to worse.,”

“As a matter of fact, it’s the ongoing fights and struggle among the capitalist ruling elites over strategic positioning that will guarantee their access to loot of the public treasury as being reflected in the recent acrimonious defection among capitalist politicians from one bourgeois political party to another that culminate in the siege laid on the NASS by the DSS.,”

The party lamented further that ” unfortunately, all of the conflicts are driven by personal interests of the individual politicians and the collective interest of the few capitalist class”, adding that “none. borders on improving economic conditions of the Nigerian people, and end the galloping unemployment that is ravaging this country.”.

” Therefore, none of the players in this political kabuki is worth the sympathy of the masses, as they still constitute formidable threat to the prosperity of this country and aspiration of the average man for a decent living standard. Hence, the masses should not in any way support any of the warring factions of the capitalist ruling elite.”.

The party added, “it is in the light of this, we of the SPN strongly feel that a call on the working masse to resist any attempt to return this county to the dark ages of military subversion of democratic institutions and processes must unrepentantly be linked to the task by the working masses to salvage this wobbling and failing pro-rich dictatorial capitalist democracy, and enthrone a government and politics that are genuinely representative of their interest.”

“What the masses should be interested in is how to exercise their will on the democratic process through an election of political offices holders with clear and detailed programmes and manifestoes that would start to place this country’s economy and its people on the path of sustainable growth and prosperity.  This is achievable if the working masses join and build the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) as a pan Nigeria mass political party to challenge and defeat the anti-masses political establishments and set the country towards prosperity and development that meets the needs of all.”

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