The call to take back Nigeria from the ruling political class and capitalist clog dominated “The People’s Alternative Political Summit” organised by a coalition of socialist activists and organisations in Nigeria.
The summit, according to the organisers, was a response to the deplorable state of insecurity threatening the corporate existence of the country and the misadventure of capitalism which led to strife in the land.
The summit which took place at the National Women Development Centre, Abuja on the 26th and 27th of March 2021 had in attendance famous social and human rights activists including Professor Toye Olorode, Femi Falana SAN, Jaiye Gaskiya, Omoyele Sowore, Huawa Mustapha, Quadri Olayele, Anthony Benjamin among other distinguished comrades drawn from various socialist organisations across the country and the diaspora.
Centered around the theme; “A New Nigeria is Possible”, the comrades took turns in venting their frustration with present Nigerian state and especially the failure occasioned by capitalism.
The summit therefore sought to articulate the way forward out of the quagmire the country is in and to awaken the working Nigerian mass’s consciousness towards the common goal of taking back their country from the misrule of the ruling political class whom Professor Olorode described as proxies of the British Empire, against the backdrop of true nationalists like Michael Imoudu, Gambo Sawaba and other activists who fought for the good of the working masses of Nigeria.
Femi Falana SAN, in his elaborate contextualization of the constitution from a legal perspective posited that the Nigerian constitution was founded on a socialist’s philosophy which says that the country’s wealth belongs to the entire citizens and not a few individuals.
He also said that the country and her wealth must be returned to the working masses of the Nigerian people.
He further said that only a socialist alternative will provide the respite that the country needs to heal in this critical times and called on all Nigerians to rise up and take back their country.
Also in attendance were some Nigerians in Diaspora joined the summit virtually.
At the end of the summit, a communique was issued bearing the key resolutions amongst which states that;
“That understanding the existential challenge posed to the Country and her peoples by ethno-religious fundamentalist mobilisations and counter mobilisations, the Summit affirms that the Nigerian ruling class is incapable of resolving the crisis facing Nigeria, and that only a socialist transformation of Nigeria can adequately address these myriad of problems.”
Towards this end, the Summit affirms that a new Nigeria is possible and the Peoples Alternative Political Movement is committed to the emergence of such a New Socialist Nigeria.
The summit ended on a high note as the participating organisations pledged to work assiduously to the actualisation of the agenda of a new Nigeria through the People’s Alternative Political Movement.