Opinion

A Critique of Abstract Politics, By Edwin Madunagu

Were the Nigerian Left not “abstract”, as defined above, were it to consider revolution or the capture of state power as a desirable and realisable political project, it would not summarily dismiss concrete and significant political questions raised by political forces outside or within the Left. About the middle of…
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Opinion

Notes On Nigeria’s Regional Disparities, By Edwin Madunagu

Today, 105 years after creation, Nigeria has neither relinquished nor repudiated the pattern of internal disparities with which it was born. But the reason is no longer to be located in the fact that Nigeria was born with disparities and into capitalism — as important and relevant as these factors…
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Columns

Arguments in the Nigerian Left By Edwin Madunagu

The 2019 general elections provoked undeclared and unstructured discussions and debates in the Nigerian Left. Of the various themes that can be articulated from these animated exchanges of opinions—some of which are continuing—at least three may be considered central in the history and politics of revolutionary socialist struggle in Nigeria.…
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Opinion

Lessons of Nigeria’s 2019 Elections, By Edwin Madunagu

The lessons of Nigeria’s Elections 2019 to which I refer here are not abstract lessons-in-general or lessons-for-all-time, but concrete lessons that emerged for the use of political forces on the Nigerian Left that see the urgent need of re-dedication to the great cause and arduous task of building people’s power,…
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Opinion

Nigeria As “Election 2019” Draws Near, By Edwin Madunagu

It should be agreed that there are different ways of apprehending and describing the situation in Nigeria as the country draws near “Election 2019”, the general elections beginning on February 16, 2019. But I have chosen, naturally and unsurprisingly, an angle and a perspective informed by the burning interests of…
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Opinion

Nigeria 2019: Hoping For Another Reprieve?, By Edwin Madunagu

...Nigeria’s ruling class, as a ruling-class, has not been able to produce a winning party or a winning alliance of parties that can offer the people of Nigeria anything new. A genuine change —which, perhaps, is too late for Elections 2019 — can therefore come either from the Nigerian Left…
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Opinion

The Nigerian Left and the Constitution, By Edwin Madunagu

Although historically, the reform struggle, including the struggle for a more democratic constitution, has been an integral part of the revolutionary struggle in Nigeria, the latter cannot and should not be reduced to the former. In other words, the agenda of the Nigerian Left is much wider and deeper than…
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Opinion

Elections 2019: Factors and Projections, By Edwin Madunagu

The different forms that the political struggle now assumes and the different levels at which it is waged include intra-party, inter-party, state-civil, intra-state, armed and unarmed, above-ground and underground. Also, to be listed is what is now known as “executive orders” of the president and of the presidency. The most…
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Opinion

How Should Nigerian Leftists Vote?, By Edwin Madunagu

If, however, there is no Leftist formation satisfying the elementary general condition — which means that Nigerian Leftists and the popular masses are facing non-Leftist parties of varying sizes, strengths and colourations — Leftists may apply the two age-long dialectical criteria of We begin with a proposition which may be…
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Opinion

On Differences Within the Nigerian Left, By Edwin Madunagu

...a not-too-young Nigerian Leftist can recall specific issues which have divided the Nigerian Left for a very long time — at least since the First Republic (1960-1966). Some of them have been substantially resolved, transcended, eliminated or transformed by history; some are not now active because of the decline in…
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