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Politics / Rivers Re-run Election: Who Wins This Battle Tomorrow Amaechi Or Wike? by adgorwell: 4:53pm On Dec 09, 2016
On Saturday, December 10, 2016 Rivers state citizens will vote those who will occupy the State and National Assembly seats that were declared vacant by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The election is not really a contest between candidates nor a contest of ideas, but a contest between two power centres with well-defined spheres of influence battling for the soul of the state. One force is seeking a return itself to the old order, the other is simply trying to re-assert and perpectuate itself hence leading to an equilibrium.

Simply put, we have or are seeing a contest between two familiar foes in Rivers politics- Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi, the state’s immediate past Governor and Chief Nyelsom Wike, the present Governor of the state.

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Politics / A New Way Of Fighting Corruption by adgorwell: 5:41pm On Dec 07, 2016
It just occurred to me that there is a new way of fighting corruption in Nigeria. Trust me, you don’t need technology, like former President Jonathan sought to fight it. We also do not need to create more institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or send a bill to establish an Anti-Corruption Court to the National Assembly. These ways are too cumbersome and expensive!
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Literature / What Does Wole Soyinka Want? by adgorwell: 5:17pm On Dec 06, 2016
On my way to work this morning, one man asked: “What does this Soyinka want?” Sitting beside him in the same bus, I couldn’t immediately provide a reply. One thing I was sure of was that this man was really angry with the Nobel Laurette.
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Politics / Analysing John Kerry's Recent Visit To Nigeria by adgorwell: 6:24pm On Oct 14, 2016
This paper looks at the recent visit of John Kerry, US secretary of state to Nigeria and its implications for the future of Nigeria-US relations. It takes a look at Nigeria-US from historical perspectives and makes forecasts for the future of the relationship between the two countries in the light of the four issues identified: trade and investments, security, military cooperation and entrenching democracy in Nigeria.
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Politics / This Thing We Call Power! by adgorwell: 6:48pm On Sep 16, 2016
Whenever I hear people talk of power, they use it as a child will play with the toy. Power to them means nothing other just occupying political offices or positions. How much about power we know nothing about. Power is one of the most notoriously ambiguous concepts in political science to define yet the most ubiquitous!
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Politics / Budget Padding: Who Should Investigate The National Assembly? by adgorwell: 5:38pm On Aug 02, 2016
As to whether the DSS has the power to investigate the issue, Femi Falana said: “Since the padding of the national budget is a straight forward case of economic crime which is not concerned with the internal security of the nation the SSS should not play into the soiled hands of the criminal suspects in the House of Representatives as they may later turn round to challenge the legal validity of any criminal charge arising from a faulty investigation report.” (The Punch, 31 July, 2016).

While we agree with the Human Right Activist that the question of budget padding is not a security issue so must not involve the DSS, we must be conscious of the key words “economic crime” which Falana used. Since the 1999 Constitution appear to be largely silent on who should “investigate” the National Assembly on matters of this nature not covered by “parliamentary immunity” and if we agree that budget padding is an “economic crime” can the agency responsible for prosecuting “economic crime” the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) then be invited to do its job?
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Politics / On Pdp's Social Media "Toxic Comments" by adgorwell: 6:27pm On Jul 22, 2016
Like many other human inventions, the internet-especially in the advent of the social media-suffer from avoidable challenges. Social media was used to quash a coup in Turkey. It has been responsible for bringing down governments both elected and unelected.
Noticing the extent of damage social media done to its image, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) recently took to its Twitter account to “apologize” to Nigerians of its past role in spreading “toxic comments” among Nigerians. The statement reads (from its verified handle @PDPNigeria):

“We have noticed, with a growing sense of dismay, the level of toxicity that pervades the political space with respect to discussions on national issues,” the PDP said. “We accept responsibility and apologize for whatever role we have played in reaching this level of toxicity.”

The statement continued: “This toxicity, some of which finds expression in discussions across social media platforms, has reached the level where bridges are being burnt, personal relationships are being strained and an unnecessary tension fills what should ordinarily be patriotic and enlightening conversations on how to move the nation forward…”

On reading this first on The Punch, I had to conclude there must have been a mix up somewhere. I was honestly expecting something like a rebuttal from the party with the traditional claim that its account has been hacked. The news of hackers attacking social media accounts of eminent Nigerians has been frequent in recent times. On at least two occasions, the party has suspended its twitter account. The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has also made a public claim dissociating herself from a controversial tweet calling a sitting Governor a “dog” saying her account had been hacked.
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Politics / Turkey Coup And Nigeria's Politics by adgorwell: 6:12pm On Jul 20, 2016
There are striking similarities between Turkey and Nigeria. Both countries have past experiences of military rule. While Turkey can boast of nationalist soldiers like Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who will shun all tribal sentiments and institute strong economic reforms; Nigeria has had to battle with corrupt and power-hungry generals whose only mandate is gratifying their inordinate desires. To buttress this point, there have been several rumours of a possible military coup in Nigeria in recent time. From the sections these are coming, one can see the “patriotism” in those hailing the imaginary coup. Perhaps the media and the opposition need to learn how to and how not to play politics in Nigeria using Turkey example because military coups are no longer fashionable, as the Turkish recent experience clearly show.
Politics / Dino Melaye Is Out Of Order by adgorwell: 8:20am On Jul 16, 2016
I immediately went online to seek confirmation, and alas, Dino did issue the threat. At the point, my empathy for the Senator (if he is not properly so-called) changed to sympathy. Senator Dino Melaye (APC – Kogi West) reportedly said in his remarks about the ongoing forgery trial of the senate rules involving Saraki and Ekweremandu that the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, must be brought before the Senate to be thoroughly grilled and humiliated for charging the Senate leadership with forgery in court. Melaye reportedly issued threats, including impeaching the President (which he will later deny). The climax of the meeting was when it was Senator Remi Tinubu’s turn to speak. How dare Remi, a woman and a wife for that matter speak where Dino is talking? He is probably used to his wife keeping quiet while he is speaking so Remi’s audacity was too much for Dino to bear. She has to be giving some ‘home trainings’, so must Dino be thinking after he said and I quote “I will beat you up on this floor and nothing will happen…”
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Politics / We Need To Scrap The Nigerian Senate by adgorwell: 4:23pm On Jun 09, 2016
Arguably the most criticized institution since the emergence of the Buhari administration has been the National Assembly, specifically, the Senate its upper chamber. A group, Citizens United for Peace and Stability (CUPS), has called on Nigerians to #OccupyNASS . Some more ambitious elements within this group went gone as far as calling for the scrapping of the Senate altogether.
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Politics / Who Really Want To Kill Buhari? by adgorwell: 9:04pm On Jun 02, 2016
Earlier this year, the fiery Enugu Catholic priest and Founder, Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, alleged that there were plans by unnamed people to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the clergyman, many people were plotting to kill the President because of what he described as his campaign against corruption, saying, “I am not a sycophant, but I want to tell you that so far, God is happy and he, who God has blessed, no one can curse. Many people are planning to kill Buhari – there are many plans on how to eliminate his life so that corruption will continue, so that embezzlement will continue.”

When Mbaka made this statement, the so-called NDA that threatened to assassinate Buhari was still in incubation. They were waiting to see whether some of their paymasters, like Sambo Dasuki will be granted a leave to travel abroad for “medical treatments” or granted bail on his present corruption charges. The question some of us ask ourselves is whether Dasuki comes from Niger-Delta that these ones are avenging!
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Politics / Dispassionate Look At President's Buhari's One Year In Office by adgorwell: 6:02pm On May 31, 2016
Buhari’s first year in office as a democratically elected president is sure to come under intense reviews like his predecessors, but if he will get “fair” reviews is another matter altogether. In a period where one’s political perspective(s) is largely coloured by one’s religion or ethnic origin, scientific analyses of a presidential administration can be truly challenging.

Before we proceed, let us be quick to admit that this present writer was a volunteer for the Buhari’s campaign in 2015 and has no regret whatsoever on his decision. We are aware some people have stopped reading this article by our frank admission, but unperturbed we remain.

Let us also make it known to those who bother to continue reading our article that we, as much as possible, will take objective look at all the issues involved, our temptation(s) to be biased notwithstanding!
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Politics / Why We Must All Oppose The Fuel Price Hike! by adgorwell: 5:42pm On May 19, 2016
If my understanding of the word is still relevant, my commonsense understanding of the term simply means reduction or elimination of government control or regulation in a particular industry, usually enacted to create more competition within the industry. If then it is true that government is deregulating the downstream sector of the economy, we then expect that bodies like the Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and related bodies, whose existence would have become redundant would have been abolished by now. The fact that the same body, PPPRA, now fixed the price at N145 per liter of petrol tells me a lot about the so-called deregulation the government is pursuing!
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Politics / Why We Must Not Allow Religion To Divide Us! by adgorwell: 6:37pm On May 05, 2016
Instead of worship, what we have is warship. The leader is seen as a reincarnation of “God” or something. The leader tells the followers what to do and they accept without question(s). Only the leader’s interpretation(s) of the Holy Books are acceptable. The rivalry between Sheik Gumi and Sheik el-Zakzaky, both preaching Islam but of different traditions, with the former being Sunni and the latter being Shiite, is legendary. Both men’s supporters are reported to have clashed on several occasions in Kaduna.

One will wonder why anyone will want to fight for God. If God is so big or massive, who are His creatures to fight for Him? I imagine a situation where a school bully beats up my four-year old cousin and comes home to report for me to come to his aid. This is normal because my boy can be powerless to deal with the bully. Let us look at another case where I was slapped by a bus conductor at the commercial motor park only for me to get home to “report” to my four-year old boy to fight for me. That sounds absurd isn’t it? This is the case with anyone “fighting” for God.

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Politics / Re: Politics Aside: Let's Talk Climate Change by adgorwell: 9:02am On Apr 24, 2016
I'm not into climate change, but I'm concerned about the environment. Thanks
Politics / Femi Aribisala, PDP Attack Dog, Must Read This by adgorwell: 9:00am On Apr 24, 2016
It is now over a year since Nigerians made history proving to the world again that peaceful transition was, in fact, possible in Africa. The election having been won and lost, it appears that some people still feels the scars of the pains of defeat as though it happened yesterday. One of such persons is a political commentator, Femi Aribisala.

Notice I used called him a political “commentator”, not an “analyst”, as he wants many of his readers to believe he is. In other to be seen as a being scientific in his write-ups, he sometimes taught us “How to Lose Presidential Elections Four Times” not minding the fact that he will later tell us “Why Buhari Will Never be President of Nigeria”. As funny as the premises on which some of his arguments were based, he had those who based their “analyses” on many of his unscientific conclusions.
Politics / Chinua Achebe On Nigerian Civil War by adgorwell: 6:27pm On Apr 14, 2016
The book beautifully captures the story of a people who are enterprising, industrious, passionate, ambitious, determined, resilient, gallantry in battle, struggling for survival and their desire for freedom in the face of a repressive, neo-feudal and domineering state founded upon injustice and contradictions which are too obvious to ignore!
Politics / Politics Aside: Let's Talk Climate Change by adgorwell: 6:08pm On Apr 07, 2016
Nigeria’s two main political parties, the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have no official views either in their manifestoes or any other document regarding climate change at least during the 2015 presidential campaigns. Are we really serious about tackling this challenge head-on?
Politics / If Donald Trump Becomes US President by adgorwell: 8:15pm On Mar 31, 2016
All these notwithstanding, should Donald Trump win come November, then some things are involved. First, like I posted on Twitter some days ago, we should start preparing “boys quarters” in my small village in Kwara to cater for the influx of deportees, many of whom have left us many years ago. Second, and more seriously, the boundaries in American politics would have been shifted by wide margin. And lastly, a Trump win will only strengthen the arguments that there are really no “rules” of engagement as far as politics is concerned making many political theorists to look for new jobs!
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Politics / #istandwithbuhari Is A Group Of Political Jobbers by adgorwell: 5:46pm On Mar 24, 2016
After the election, traditional Buhari’s critics, also known as the Wailing Wailers, started several hash tags on Twitter, such as #BabaGoSlow, #100WastedDays, #BudgetOfYams, #TyrantBuhari and more recently and embarrassingly, #BringBackCorruption. To all these, Buhari’s supporters have responded well too. They have launched counter attacks like: #GoOnBuhari to counter the accusations of his critics that he is a dictator. Apart from this, noticing the loss of steam and the seeming defencelessness of Buharists on social media, neo-Buharists regrouped and decided to do “something unique.” They launched what they called, #iStandWithBuhari.

The group promoting the hash tag has been vocal on social media for a while now. On getting to see the group’s sponsored advert, I immediately put a call through to its secretariat sometimes last month. I was told the group intends to mobilise a whopping 9 million Nigerians to a rally in support of President Buhari. I asked if there was any election in sight which the President was participating. To this, the receiver of my call answered in the negative. He only told me of the president’s war against corruption and the commencement of operation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA). The question I asked myself after ending the call was: Why the rally?
Politics / How Buhari Can Fight Boko Haram With A Lean Purse by adgorwell: 6:16pm On Mar 22, 2016
Apart from those who witnessed the Mallam Muhammadu Maitatsine riots in the ’80s, many would have beaten their chests that terrorism cannot be an issue in Nigeria as we know it today. These people have obvious reasons to support their optimism. It is no longer news that terrorism is now an, if not the main, issue in African politics. The terrorists did their very worst in early 2015 attacking Garrissa University in Kenya leaving 148 innocent students dead in the process. The al-Shabab has since claimed responsibility for the attack and has grown even bolder and more daring that ever. The Boko Haram has constituted itself into a regular menace in Nigeria’s north eastern region gaining notoriety for the death of tens of thousands and injuring more others. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) activities has gotten it world attention good enough to convince the most ridiculous doubting Thomas of the reality of the threat pose by these groups on us as a people. The question then is how to fight it!
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Politics / Why Should Kemi Adeosun Cover Her Hair? by adgorwell: 10:38pm On Mar 14, 2016
Questions that that I often wonder about are: Why is religion so misunderstood by those who should even know better? Is culture not supposed to be part of religion? Why do some people do negative things in the name of religion? There was an outrage on the social media some weeks ago about President Muhammadu Buhari “forcing” the minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to cover her hair during a meeting in Qatar. The pictures that surfaced online showed the minister, with her hair covered, signing a bilateral agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes Income in Doha.

Politics / Who Stole Pdp’s Thinking Cap? by adgorwell: 6:19pm On Feb 22, 2016
There’s only one reason why people vote an incumbent out of office: when they find someone better. You have to present the voters with a better alternative to your opponent. Show them why your candidate is clearly different, and why that difference makes him a superior choice. The party will have a difficult task convincing the typical Northern voter, considering the terrible reputation the PDP has with Northern politicians, especially the insults its members hurled at the APC on African Independent Television (AIT), making it look like being a Northerner was evil during the 2015 electoral campaigns. We keep our fingers crossed to see how the party rebrands its image in the strategic Northern region, the worst hit since the inception of Boko Haram insurgency. Let us keep fingers crossed how Modu salvages this situation for the party!
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Politics / US Political Establishments Are Crumbling In 2016 by adgorwell: 5:27pm On Feb 12, 2016
The 2016 US presidential campaign is turning out to be dramatic. Many analysts have predicted a something close to an easy victory for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to have an easy ride in the primaries. I also recall severally downplaying the chances of Republican top-notch, Donald Trump, in some of my write-ups. I was proven all wrong as the results of recent primaries turned in.
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Politics / Pdp's Strategy For 2019 Revealed! by adgorwell: 5:49pm On Feb 04, 2016
Those familiar with politics (and the game of power generally) know that there are no rules; and if there are, these are often flouted. It is a “win or be damned” situation. The opposition is a camp some are just waiting in for the time there will be “vacancies” in the ruling party. There are many things “winners” do that “losers” don’t do: As a winner, you make important political appointments (and terminate them in some cases); you write a book which almost certainly becomes a bestseller; you have guaranteed news coverage on daily basis; you are made guest of (dis)honour at social functions; your community proudly associates with your (“our son’s”) accomplishments; somehow, everyone gets your number and the phones are always ringing. These opportunities elude losers, not only in Nigeria, but everywhere! In Nigeria, one is an unfortunate species if you are in the opposition. Tinubu and Awolowo can tell you their experiences of being in the opposition. Incumbent office-holders are in perpetual campaign mode. You will hear things like, we are holding a “Thank You Rally”, organised by any willing group who can get the administration to provide the funds for this. After winning an election, the victorious party immediately starts planning and campaigning for its re-election bid. The opposition or the challengers make the error of waiting until the “traditional” election season comes to begin their campaign. This is a mistake the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not want to make, as it has rolled out its plans not to stay in the opposition for more than four years!
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Politics / Dansukigate: The Fall Of A Dynasty by adgorwell: 7:05pm On Jan 26, 2016
From history, Ibrahim Dasuki, the father of the embattled former National Security Adviser, was the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Great-great-grandson of Uthman Dan Fodio. Prior to his becoming the Sultan, he held the influential (traditional) title of Baraden Sokoto. The older Dasuki was the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the house of the great Dan Fodio. As a Sultan, Dansuki’s father was the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslim community. He was so influential and worked hard for the happiness of the Talakawas by building several schools and establishing adult literacy classes. He played the role of “the fourth estate realm” in the society. He vehemently opposed the highhandedness of several military regimes, which sometimes put him on the military’s spotlight. His overt posture against the military rule soon earned him the matching orders from the establishment and his subsequent “dethronement” in 1996 by the Sani Abacha Junta.
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Politics / Fani-kayode Has Gone Mad Again! by adgorwell: 8:40pm On Jan 21, 2016
The Yorubas have a saying “Were dun wo loja, sugbon ko se bi lomo” meaning “A mad man is fun to watch in the market square, but no one desires having him as a son”. My first instinct on reading one Femi Fani-Kayode’s letter, if not properly so-called, and his later remarks, to President Muhammadu Buhari’s maiden media chat, was like “Has this man gone mad again?” Even before I could read the contents of the supposed letter and his latter comments, I came to the firm conclusion agreeing with the Yoruba saying (quoted earlier) and alluded to by Professor Ola Rotimi (of blessed memory) in his, Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again, this man had for a long time gone mad, and he is in desperate need for psychiatric attention!
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Politics / The Tyranny In The Fight Against Corruption By Gen. Buhari by adgorwell: 5:26pm On Jan 13, 2016
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, PDP presidential campaign spokesman in the 2015 election in his characteristic shamelessness, irredentism (Association of Chest Beaters), sore political losers, ethnic jingoists and their likes -who should, like Osriches, have their heads buried in shame and eat the humble pie- are battling tooth and nail to distract the government from its spirited fight against corruption. This is coming on the heels of a country where thousands of innocent women, men and children molested, killed and maimed, including millions displaced from their economic livelihood. The most vocal of all Mr Femi, who told us (before the suddenly turned mad) the 12 Commandments For President Jonathan one of which is that “ If Goodluck wants his fortunes and the fortunes of his party to change and if he wants peace to return to our shores he simply has to do twelves things…he must write an open letter of apology…for his manipulative ways and the gross incompetence and ineptitude” which the Government of President Muhamudu Buhari government is bent on correcting.
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Politics / Why Do Nigerian Journalists Keep Goofing? by adgorwell: 10:03pm On Jan 05, 2016
Just recently, Olakunle Taiwo of Nigerian Tribune made the following confession on how a disastrous interview with ‘Professor Itse Sagay’ made him lose his job. He said, on getting to know how silly he has been, “speaking with the wrong person, instead of Professor Itse Sagay…I almost collapsed at the lobby of the hotel which was hosting my honeymoon. What have I done to myself, my career, my bosses, my employers, my company that feeds my family, God!? I felt like asking the ground to open up and swallow me. My wife of two days was in the room oblivious of the damage that had been done to our honeymoon. With me, the honeymoon was over in just two days!”
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Politics / Can Biafra Be Achieved Through Referendum? by adgorwell: 2:01pm On Dec 28, 2015
On Kanu’s arrest and continued detention by the Directorate of State Service (DSS), my new friend brought out the traditional pro-Biafran argument of “marriage incompatibility”. He argued: if a marriage is no longer working, the best solution is to part ways or divorce peacefully. For my friend Charles, he told me, he didn’t witness the war, but bloodshed is way out of the cards as far as achieving “self-determination” for Biafra is concerned. He argued that the solution is just too simple. The solution he proposed is for Nigeria to conduct a United Nations (UN) supervised referendum to decide the future of Biafrans.

I made him realise that I am not really against Biafra as such, although he found this difficult to believe. I informed him that what I am against is the fact that the agitations by people like Kanu is only filled with political opportunism, which the President Jonathan administration represented. I quoted Carl von Clausewitz, the great Prussian general, in his classic On War, where he writes, “Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult. These difficulties accumulate and produce a friction, which no man can imagine exactly who has not seen war.”
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Politics / Who Is Interested In The Social Media Bill? by adgorwell: 2:51pm On Dec 22, 2015
The media has come under attack once more. This time, it is not just the mainstream media, but the new or social media that is under attack thanks to the introduction of a controversial Social Media Bill by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South) on the floor of the Senate. The bill, among other things, proposes:

Up to seven years in prison or N2 million fine for “anyone who intentionally propagates false information that could threaten the security of the country or that is capable of inciting the general public against the government through electronic message.”
Up to years in prison or $10,000 fine or both for anyone disseminating via text message, Twitter, WhatsApp, or any other form of social media an “abusive statement.”
This also involves messages intending to “set the public against any person and group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law.”
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