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  • Southern Kaduna Attacks, Government Quiet and Noncommittal – SOKAPU

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    The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has cried out that the entire region has been deserted, abandoned and totally neglected by the Federal and Kaduna State governments to be maimed, raped, brutalized and destroyed by its enemies.

    According to them, they had been left in the hands of barbarians, who had wrecked maximum havoc, killed many, destroyed properties worth millions of naira as well as grazed on and destroyed their crops.

  • Southern Kaduna lawyers support self-defence, warn against Illegal arrest of natives

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    Southern Kaduna Lawyers Forum has resolved to support their people to defend themselves against the incessant and senseless attacks, carnage and destruction by suspected Fulani herdsmen, following the failure of the state government in its basic and primary duty of providing security to their lives and property as constitutionally mandated.

  • Southern Kaduna will go with Biafra – Danfulani

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    Embattled social crusader and activist from Southern Kaduna, Dr. Johnstone Danfulani, has said that the people of Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna state would prefer, and be comfortable, to go with the Biafra Republic rather than remain with Nigeria where the people were being killed on daily basis without any adequate protection from the Government. 

  • SOUTHERN KADUNA: ETHNIC CLEANSING OR STRUGGLE FOR PASTURE LAND?

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    Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF)


    The recent attacks and sacking of many communities in southern Kaduna, Kaduna State by the Fulani herdsmen raises these pertinent questions;

    Are the attacks motivated by quest for pasture land or are they motivated by quest for ethnic cleansing/genocide?

  • SPEECH BY CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO TO WESTERN LEADERS IN 1967

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    Speech by Chief Obafemi Awolowo made to the Western leaders of thought, in Ibadan, 1 May 1967. (quoted in "Crisis and Conflict in Nigeria (Volume 1), January 1966-July 1971" by A. H. M. Kirk-Greene. )

     

    The aim of a leader should be the welfare of the people whom he leads. I have used 'welfare' to denote the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the people. With this aim fixed unflinchingly and unchangeably before my eyes, I consider it my duty to Yoruba people in particular and to Nigerians in general, to place four imperatives before you this morning.

  • STATE OF THE NATION A SLEEPING CHURCH AND CURRENT IMPERATIVES:

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    Pastor Tony Ezeh

    I bring you greetings from the Revival Altar, in the Name of Yahushua Ha-Mashiach, the Son of the living God.

    Since 2002, for reasons of divine sovereignty the Lord chose to speak to me clearly about His end-time move on the earth and the special place that our nation, Nigeria has as a missionary nation that will run the last pace of the Gospel marathon that will lead to His return to earth in glory.

  • Stop Blame Shifts And Deliver, Soludo Tells APC Government

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    Ex-Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, has challenged governments of the ruling party in Nigeria, the All Progressive Congress (APC) party, to stop blame shifts and concentrate on how to achieve their much avowed ‘change mantra,’ by turning situations around to make the country great again.

  • STOP THIS INSANITY OF THE DRUMS OF WAR IN NIGERIA:- AS ALL COULD BE LOST IN WAR AND ALL GOOD COULD BE ACHIEVED WITH PEACE

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    We have in the last seven days been deafened by the choruses of hate and threats of war from almost every region of the Nigerian conflation. The tone for this macabre was set by a rather unfortunate statement credited to a conglomerate of groups purporting to be representing the entire Northern Nigeria on which some of us are bona fide members but were never consulted or carried along in its drafting and presentation. This was quickly followed up by a similar statement by the Region of the Niger Delta with the acronym RONDEL. Other regions like the Middle Belt comprising mainly of Christians of the Northern region extraction followed suit with spurious of press statements.

  • SUKKUK ISSUANCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL: IT IS SELLING NIGERIA THROUGH THE BACK DOOR - CAN

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    Once again, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is compelled to raise a petition and protest against the unrelenting plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria to introduce Islamic financing into a secular state in violation of Section 10 of the Constitution.

    According to this section in the Constitution, the Nigerian State is Secular and Government is expected to be neutral on issues involving religion. By promoting a sectional religious financial policy, the Government is violating both the spirit and the letter of Section 10 of the Constitution.

  • Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill 15 in Kaduna

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    About 15 persons have been reportedly killed, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries during a fresh attack by terrorists in Ungwan Rana, Gadani village, Gwagwada District of Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

    Conscience Triumph reports that the communities under Gwagwada District had recently faced sporadic attacks by terrorists suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

  • Suspected Herdsmen Attack Kaduna Dep Gov’s LG, Kill One

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    About one week after describing the massive killings in Godogodo as unjustifiable, the deputy Governor of Kaduna state’s local government has been attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen, killing a young man.

    The attack was reportedly carried out on a Sunday in Kaura Local Government area of Kaduna state where the deputy governor, Arch Barnabas Bala Bantex, hails from. 

  • The Completion of Othman Danfodio's Jihad

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    Madam Sarah Danladi 45 served her husband the Local Beans popularly known as
    Waken Gida a delicacy popular in Southern Part of Kaduna State. She and her
    husband and 6 Children went to bed that evening quite early. Unknown to Sarah
    that was the last time she would see her family.
    Sarah could not sleep that night while her husband and Children where fast
    asleep. At around 10 pm she felt like to ease herself but she decided to stay put
    maybe sleep will come and she would forget about the call of nature. Some few
    minutes to 11pm she could no longer hold it and she silently went out. Instead of
    going into the Bathroom / Toilet located some few feet from her room she
    decided to enter into the Corn Farm just by her room.
    As she was easing herself, she heard some movements in the farm opposite
    where she was and the movement was getting closer and louder. She was curious
    what it was and all of a sudden she saw a tall figure came out with something
    that look like a Gun. Before she could blink her eyes they became 6 figures all
    holding machetes and Gun. One of them whispered something in a Language she
    does not understand and 3 charged into their house the door was sure open
    because she is outside. One of the 3 outside set fire on their 2 bans where they
    store their grains. She then heard the 'tat ra tat ra tat tat tat' sound typical of a
    Kalashnikov she looked up to see the other compound north of their house it's
    already in flames, the next West of their compound was also in flames . She
    decided to lie-down low in the farm until morning.
    That was the longest night she ever experienced in her life it seems morning will
    never come. She got some respite from her long wait for morning when the cock
    crowed. At around 5:30 am she developed some boldness and decided to come
    out of hiding going into her house she decided to check her Children who were all
    sleeping in a room they were all dead in pool of their blood. She checked her
    room her husband too gone , dead. She could not hold herself any longer she
    shouted.
    Unknown to Madam Sarah other villages such as Me-sankwai, Tekum and
    Ungwan Gatah were also attacked and it was simultaneous at 11pm. The
    Operation took 3 hours and no Single security in form of Soldiers or Police came
    for their help. 100 people Babies, Children, Young and Old lost their lives that
    night many roasted while sleeping in their homes that night of March 2014 in
    those villages in Moroa Chiefdom of Kaduna State.
    Many villagers when they were asked said they don't know why the Fulanis did
    that. They said if the Fulanis have problem with them why didn't they come for
    dialogue? But how would they even have dialogue when you don't know who you
    are going to talk to?
    The Fulani massacre have today taken another Dimension. They kill at will and
    claim they stole their cows. ..Imagine the fabricated lies. If your cows are stolen
    are you not confident of a regime headed by a Fulani man, can't you report to the
    appropriate authorities. It was reported that 1.3m Middle belters have moved from
    their ancestral homes due to this attacks by both Fulanis and Boko Haram.
    The Fulanis have a Motive. Read this:
    On October 2nd 2014, Alhaji Aliyu Gwarzo, a prominent Fulani leader from Kano,
    said the following words to Point Blank News Magazine. He said,
    "when I say that the Presidency must come to the north next year I am referring to
    the Hausa-Fulani core north and not any northern Christian or Muslim minority
    tribe.
    The Christians in the north such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the
    Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma and all the others are
    nothing and the muslim minorities in the north, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the
    Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur and all the others know that when
    we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to
    us, the Hausa-Fulani.
    They can grumble, moan and groan as much as they want but each time they go
    into their bedrooms to meet their wives and each time they get on their prayer
    mats to begin their prayers, it is we the Fulani that they think of, that they fear,
    that they bow to and that they pray for.
    Some of them are even ready to give us their wives and daughters for one night's
    sport and pleasure. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam
    through the great Jihad waged by our father the great Usuman Dan Fodio.
    We also captured Ilorin, killed their local King and installed our Fulani Emir. We
    took that ancient town away from the barbarian Yoruba and their filthy pagan
    gods. We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing Islam on
    them by force.
    It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran. In return
    for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to
    rule and to do with as we please. Since 1960 we have been doing that and we
    intend to continue.
    No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We
    will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa’s biggest war zone and
    refugee camp if they try it.
    Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do
    not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and
    they want to take even that from us.
    We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the
    infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The
    war has just begun, the Mujaheddin are more than ready and by Allah we shall
    win.
    If they don’t want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the Presidency
    and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every
    day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge.
    Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100
    years. The Fulani have very long memories.".
    Men like Alhaji Aliyu Gwarzo have clearly become prisoners of their own vain
    fantasies and dark delusions. They represent the ''Chief Whip'' or ''the heavy
    muscle'' within the Fulani ruling class.
    They are direct, crude, threatening and vulgar and they come across like boastful
    bullies and motor-park touts.
    Yet despite this they must be taken very seriously because they represent an
    increasingly powerful and strong-willed tendency within the circles of caliphate
    power and the Fulani ruling elite.
    A slightly more refined yet equally eloquent testimony of their battle-ready
    temperement and mindset was provided by none other than President
    Muhammadu Buhari himself in 2013 when he said that if what happened in 2011
    during the Presidential elections happens again in 2015 and he ends up losing to
    President Goodluck Jonathan, who happens to be a southern Cristian, ''the dog
    and the baboon will both be soaked in blood". His words are few yet his point was
    well understood.
    Finally let us consider the contribution of the respected elder statesman, Alhaji
    Lawal Kaita, to the discourse when he said, before the Presidential election in
    2011, that ''power must return to the north otherwise we (meaning northerners)
    would make the country ungovernable''.
    Jonathan went ahead to win the election and Lawal Kaita and co. went ahead to
    honor their word: from 2011 till 2015, make the country ungovernable they
    certainly did.
    These are shocking and deeply troubling contributions from these Fulani leaders
    and the import of their insidious threats are self-evident. They need no further
    analysis or explanation here.
    In the light of all this one thing remains clear: it is time for us to do whatever it is
    that we must do to save our country and if those that believe that they own it
    refuse to be reasonable and fair to the rest of us, perhaps we should consider the
    possibility of redefining her.
    ********Most Nigerians including those affected in Kaduna , Plateau , Nassarawa ,
    Benue and Taraba are in denial about what is going on and some are just too
    intimidated and cowardly to acknowledge the problem let alone to speak out or to
    attempt to resist it.
    After Olu Falaye's Kidnap:just 1 Yoruba man we saw a strong worded warning
    from Afenifere to the Presidency. Ondo State recently gave a strong warning to
    any Fulani found causing trouble in that state. More than 300 killed in Agatu and
    no any strong word from any of you? This is rather absurd. We need to see a
    strong delegation from the Middlebelt lead by people like TY Danjuma, David Mark,
    David Jonah Jang, Jerry Gana and Zamani Lekwot to the Presidency warning in
    strong terms these Fulani atrocities.
    DON'T EVER SAY IT DOESN'T CONCERN YOU..IT ALL STARTED WITH THE TIVS
    WE CALL IT TIV / FULANI FIGHT, IT GOT TO THE BIROMS, IT WENT TO
    SOUTHERN KADUNA NOW IT'S IDOMA. ..IT WILL BE YOU TOMORROW.
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  • The Double Standard in the Continued Closure of the Kafanchan Campus of KASU.

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    SOUTHERN KADUNA PEOPLES' UNION

    PRESS STATEMENT

    30/03/2017

     

    The Double Standard in the Continued Closure of the Kafanchan Campus of KASU.

     

    The Kafanchan Campus of the Kaduna State University (KASU) was closed on the 19th of December, 2016 and since then it has remained closed and the students of that campus left to idle away unnecessarily.  While they are made redundant, their colleagues in the Kaduna Campus of the same institution have been hitherto attending their classes and by implication attaining a comparative advantage.

  • The Future of Nigeria

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    Let me start this auspicious article in this manner. On Friday11th march 2016 before 3am while in pain talking to God (for suddenly calling my beloved friend, companion and wife home on Wednesday 3rd February 2016) I had a spiritual encounter via a dream. 

    I saw a very sloppy brown coloured mountainous rock with a lot of green vegetation and growth. I saw little dogs, sheep, antelopes and lions all playing and skipping together on the rock. As I watched from afar, it was a marvel to me. Suddenly I was in a living room of a house with American preacher John Haggee and other white folks and they shared the word of God, I listened to them intently in the corner where I sat. Then John Haggee said, “Tell Nigeria that GU, BUIK and many USA Corporations want to come and set up but not until you have at the presidential palace SARAI birds that fly and take snapshot.

  • The Hausa Fulani, the Yoruba & the slaughter in Ile-Ife (2)

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    I used to love and respect Governor Aregbesola even though we belong to different political parties. 

    I knew him to be a proud, strong, unrepentant and inspiring Yoruba nationalist who knew the history of the Yoruba inside out and who was ready to stand his ground and fight his corner with anybody at anytime in defence of the Yoruba cause. 

    Yet now it appears that all that has changed. Seven years in public office as Governor has softened him and made him lose his nerve, his edge and his fighting spirit. 

  • The Hausa Fulani, the Yoruba and the slaughter in Ile Ife (1)

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    I have been reluctant to write anything about the clash between the Yoruba and the Hausa Fulani in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and in which far many more people were killed than anyone cares to publicly admit. 

    I was reluctant because Ile-Ife happens to be the home of my ancestors and indeed my hometown and for four generations my family have had a stake there and have been making meaningful contributions to the affairs and development of the community.

  • THE JURY MINISTRY NEWSLETTERS: WHITHER THE NIGERIAN CHURCH? NO.17

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    I am starting this current edition of my write-ups in this series with the subject with which I concluded my most recent write up in my U.K. Saga series NO. 8 about my observations during my most recent visit to the UK concerning the judgement message God gave me to declare against the apostasy of that country. I said that on the 1st of August 2017, while I was still in the UK, God showed me a vision about 20 minutes after I had a telephone conversation with a Nigerian pastor based in the UK. I saw in the Spirit several soldiers equipped with guns, the top of their helmets painted red sitting on the floor of a large hall. The Lord caused me to know, they represent believers equipped and anointed by God to carry out Spiritual assignment against the enemy and to possess nations for the Lord, sitting idle not interested in the assignment and even sitting down in a place where they could be easily annihilated by the enemy. God caused me to know that these represent Nigerian Christians who are called to evangelize and re-evangelize nations who are not interested in carrying out their God given assignment but are sitting down idly and ‘bad mouthing’ unbelievers who dare to criticize or indict them for their occultic, corrupt activities within and outside Nigeria.

    To buttress the above-mentioned issues, I have seen in the Spirit, read about and heard about the corrupt and resource decimating activities of so-called Christian political, governmental and spiritual leaders in the country. It appears that we Christians are the ones causing occultic religions including Islam to have its way in the country. This is because as God has led me over the decades, I have been a Christian and have carried out His assignment in the nations. Any believer, who carries out similar demonic activities to that carried out by unbelievers is in the same camp as the unbeliever and cannot overcome the wiles of the devil. In fact, he has become cannon fodder for the devil and can be easily destroyed if he dares raise his finger against the devil whom he has allowed to become his master he will take over in every area of his life.Since I have become troubled by what is happening around me in the nations especially Nigeria, I have asked God several times to give me understanding of the issues and reveal to me the solution to the apparently insurmountable problems Nigeria is facing physically, governmentally and spiritually so I can share them with other believers around me so that together we will pray and act in ways orchestrated and approved by God so we can fulfill our assignment in the nations before Jesus comes.

    Even when discouraging incidents happen like the recent death of my friend, pastor Federal Wonni with whom I carried out prayer walk in Amapere an oil producing Ijaw territory in Ondo State in 2012, and into whose hands God had told me He was committing the  evangelization of that territory, who became a victim of the water spirits orchestrated by the agents of that demon who were angry with him that he did a crusade titled “Amapere for Christ Crusade”. Though I visited him two times in the past one year or so, to pray with him and I also asked many of my Spiritual friends to do the same, he still died.

    We still need to carry out our God-given assignment in the nations. This incident shows that the oil-producing Niger Delta is demon infested and God will have to raise more intercessors and ministers of the gospel to deal with what is happening in that territory even though it is the main source of the financial resources of Nigeria, it is still the stronghold of the enemy in this nation. That is why the resources are wreaking more havoc like corruption, occultic practices, unnecessary rivalry and strife among the traditional rulers of the territory and wasteful activities which causes many of those who have access to these resources to hide it away instead of investing it in meaningful enterprises to bless the nation.

    To buttress the happening in the church and the nation, on my latest visit to Abuja to pray for the nation as God had ordered me to be doing since 2006, He instructed me to emphasize, for now, prayers for the Igbo nation. I had just given out a special Newsletter, His Word for Now series which I titled ‘Message of God for Igbo nation’ in which I enumerated many issues that have been hindering the Igbo nation from fulfilling her God-given assignment in the nations. Of all the major groups of Nigeria many would assume the Igbo nation is supposed to be one of the largest groups of Nigerians that call themselves Christians. Unfortunately, I have discovered that many of them are just churchgoers immersed in the worship of water spirit and of mammon under which they have submitted and have made them not to be true Christian vessels that God expects to evangelize nations.

    Rather, because of their submission to mammon control, they have given themselves a bad name in the nations which has caused many to suffer xenophobia (rejection by nations) all over the world. It has caused many of them to lose their lives while travelling to nations in search of where to make money by all means. In my God ordered message for this group of Nigerian Christians, I have highlighted that for the sake of the Igbo people who are determined to walk in righteousness and integrity, and because as God has caused me to know He loves the Igbo nation, He has been insisting that I should pray that the Igbo nation should cast off their occultic mammon controlled, blood covenant relationship with the devil so that they can be the core of Nigerians He wants to use to evangelize the nations in this End-Time before Jesus comes.

    He wants me to pray for the sustenance and enlargement of Igbo people who are determined to obey and serve Him in nations. Incidentally, I know and have been connected with many of such in the past 20 years or more that I have been in Ministry. When I see and observe what these ones are going through compared to what people observe, see and say about the Igbo nation, I get cast down.

    Unfortunately, of all the major groups of Nigerians, they are the ones who always complain they are being marginalized whenever anyone alludes to their demonic, corrupt, mammon worship activities. I will like to point out here that they are the ones marginalizing themselves in the nations! Many people know that some other major Nigerian groups such as the Hausa Fulani and Yoruba groups have strong connections with Islam and demon worship. Islam came to Yoruba land before Christianity. I discovered that the first mosque in Epe, Lagos State, is several years older than the first church. Many of us Yoruba Christians have family members who are Muslims and other demonic god worshippers. For an instant, my own family background is worshipping of the masquerade and my maiden name ‘Ojemuyiwa’ -‘Masquerade has brought this’ shows my occultic background. I was told that my grandfather came out of masquerade worship by an encounter with Jesus Christ and became a true servant of the Living God. My father (his first son) became a musicologist and also became a church planter under the Anglican church. My mother told me that when I was a baby and became seriously sick and dying, my father knelt beside my cot and in tears prayed and vowed before God that if He spared me, he will give me back to Him. That is why today I have no choice but to carry out God’s assignment in the nations.

    My father also dedicated my son who is the only grandchild he saw to the Living God and gave him his two names-Gabriel (servant of God) and ‘Olumuyiwa’ (God has given us this) as opposed to his own family name. This is why today my son who is a medical doctor by training is now a full-time pastor in Abuja. I am alluding to my own background to show that many of the tribes of Nigerian Christians have an occultic demonic background which God expects us to shed off through repentance. Also in my write-up about the UK, I alluded to the worship of five major demons- “Oya”, “Ogun”, “Oshun”, “Obatala” and “Sango” that Portuguese slave raiders took from Yoruba land to Europe, West Indies and America. Many of these demons are still being worshipped by some churchgoers in Yoruba land. One can easily talk and castigate the Yoruba people about these issues without the people saying you are ‘bad mouthing’ them because they know it is true.

    However, many Igbo people do not want to be castigated concerning their connection with demonic strongholds. They will say you are bad mouthing them. That is why it has been difficult to get them delivered from these demonic strongholds. It is when a sinner gets convicted and accepts that he is truly a sinner that he can effectively ask God for mercy and forgiveness so that he can be totally delivered. Unfortunately, from my observation, because of this attitude of the Igbo people,  majority of them who are really going through stress and poverty are being taken advantage of by a small group of them who have had access to financial fortunes illegally acquired which they are not using positively to create industrial development that will bring employment to the land and which they are not sharing with the majority of their people but they are causing these majority to join them in saying anybody who castigates them for what they are doing is marginalizing them. In the process, because of ignorance and manipulation by this small group, the large majority of them will continue to suffer until their eyes open to cast off their subjection to this clannishness syndrome.As God has been telling me over the past 20 years or more, that He is holding the Nigerian church responsible for everything concerning the political, governmental, economic and spiritual issues of the nation and as He had caused me to know by the revelation He gave me on the 20th of October 1994 that He wants to use Nigerians to evangelize and re-evangelize nations, I have no choice but to ask Him to show me what is preventing us from keying into and fulfilling our calling. On this my latest stay in Abuja to pray for the nation, He showed me in the Spirit between the 27th and 29th of Sept. 2017, the throwing out of various thrashes from buildings and other premises. He also showed me the cleansing of my kitchen sink and bathtub in Lagos. Then after the cleansing of my bathtub, He showed me a bunch of keys at the base of the bathtub. I prayed that God should cause me to understand the meaning of this revelation especially about the bunch of keys which I believe means either revelation or authority concerning issues. Then He showed me the dirty floor of a particular church and in that dream, I pointed it to a man beside me who I recognized that the ground of the church was dirty and he said to me why don’t I clean it myself? Then I woke up from the dream and saw the picture of a young man who looked like Michael Adebolajo, the young Nigerian Islamic fundamentalist I mentioned in my latest write-up about the UK. However, in the vision, he was neatly dressed in a white T-shirt. I only recognized him because of the small bump on his forehead I had noticed in the picture in UK Metro Newspaper of 6th July 2017. Then the Holy Spirit caused me to know that we cannot pray for and evangelize such people until we first cleanse ourselves, our environment and become real Christian vessels that can be used to evangelize and disciple people from Islamic and other occultic backgrounds. The Nigerian Christians truly need to admit our filthiness, repent and ask God to thoroughly clean us so we can be useful vessels for this End-time harvest. The journey of a thousand miles has to be started by taking the first step. God is determined to use us in the nations. He will create situations - no matter how tough and harassing it can be - to achieve His purpose on it. May we be available as true vessels of the Kingdom and may He on the final day tell us individually, “well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of thy Lord!”
                           
    Yours in Obedience to God’s Mandate,
                       Victoria O. Adekoya (Mrs).
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  • The Massacre In Agatu By Fulani Herdsmen

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    I’m posting the final report from a dear friend who has just returned from a fact-finding mission to Benue State, following the recent Fulani massacre. This is not the first time atrocities will be committed by Fulani militants, but hopefully, the last.

    HIGHLIGHTS:


    1. Our convoy doubled to 10 cars plus soldiers, police and bikers. We had two-three minute stops. At one, I ventured ahead of the security perimeter and discovered our first decomposing body. A first even for me. I usually count tombstones.

    2. Our convoy ran into the Fulani herdsmen and droves of cattle on multiple occasions. Sometimes we stopped to let them cross not knowing if it was an ambush. They were right outside our windows. No one wanted to engage because the outcome was unpredictable. I have never seen free range killers walking free before.

    However our security escort did engage when they saw several armed Fulanis on a bike trying to flee. They abandoned one man who was injured and he was taken into our custody. Our captured killer didn’t survive the rough terrain drive.

    3. In the only village where we saw human survivors, we were told these people had just been attacked and were alerted we were coming so they bolted and ran into us.

    (Fulani militants claim local residents killed 10,000 of their cattle).

    It is simply inconceivable and logistically improbable to kill 10,000 cows without a major military operation utilizing rocked propelled grenades, attack helicopters etc. such a mass slaughter would take weeks and the skeletal remains of the cows would completely dot the landscape of Agatu and the stench would permeate the air.

    What I saw in Agatu:

    1. Dead human bodies still on the ground and in homes – decomposed.

    2. Cows roaming through empty villages and in one case walking up to a dead human body. We left before the sacrilege of them desecrating the poor dead boy.

    3. Thousands and thousands of cattle grazing on people’s farms – well over 10,000 live cattle. Several times we had to stop our cars to let the cattle pass. I have never seen that many cattle in my entire life.

    4. Burnt crops farmers had harvested and set aside for replanting. They were in charred heaps on the farms.

    5. Fulani herdsmen accompanying the cattle. Some ran when they saw us but some just continued as if we didn’t exist.

    6. Grains of farmers, peppers etc scattered on the ground in the towns and also along the way between the villages. The likely belonged to people on their way back from farms or markets or people fleeing with some food who were ambushed as they ran.

    7. Motor bikes and bicycles destroyed in the villages and on the road side in between. Again it appears people who were fleeing on bikes were ambushed as well.

    8. Rows and rows of houses destroyed in at least 8 villages visited. It was complete and utter destruction.

    9. Freshly lit fires still burning in a couple of villages indicating the arsonist had just left. We saw jerrycans along the way indicating fuel may have been utilized to fuel the fires.

    10. Only in one out of 8 towns did we see any live humans – about 4 men.

    What we didn’t see in Agatu this week:
    1. Not a single dead cow
    2. Not a single soldier or policeman in the affected communities.
    3. Not a single burnt mosque where everything else was razed.
    4. Not a single living Agatu person in 7 out of 8 villages.

    Conclusion: even if it were true that cattle were killed by the Agatu (there was no supporting evidence of this) the farms, homes and people of Agatu were massacred as well-evidenced by our team.

    1.If the claimed casualties of the Fulani are cows and the claimed casualties of the Agatu are humans, then this could not be rightly called an Ethnic conflict.
    Cows are not people or an ethnic group.

    2. If the loss claimed by the Fulani is livestock i.e. animals, this would be a criminal case of theft or destruction of property and not the basis for a massacre.

    3. The Fulani are not indigenes of Benue and are not an ethnic group in Benue state. Their incursion from outside into Benue is more an invasion than an ethnic clash.

    Finally, the statement attributed to the Fulani is an admission of guilt and a defense of provocation. The authorities should act accordingly and take the confessed perpetrators into custody for immediate prosecution.

    Finally, I recall the State governor telling us the Fulani attacks are worse than Boko Haram – “BH occupies a town, kills some people and recruits some. The Fulanis destroy everything.”

    This seems not to be an exaggeration. Last year, the Catholic Church reported 70 churches destroyed. This is happening in my home state – the most Christian State in Northern Nigeria!”
    – Victor Oladokun

  • THE NEED TO PRESERVE THE PEACE AND UNITY OF NIGERIA

    National Elder's Forum

    THE NEED TO PRESERVE THE PEACE AND UNITY OF NIGERIA

    We bring greetings and best wishes to all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, in the name of the Almighty God. It is our prayer that this nation shall continue to experience peace, unity, and prosperity for all the citizens. Our history as a nation, though not too long in comparison with other nations in the world, has been turbulent and at times full of uncertainty. Nevertheless, God in His mercy has granted us the grace to survive and remain united.

    In 1999, after many years of military rule, Nigeria returned to democracy. There was hope in the nation that liberty and freedom of choice that will ultimately translate into justice, equality and fairness for all had returned to the nation. The tripod of justice, equality, and fairness shall certainly produce prosperity and strengthen the unity of the divergent groups within the nation.

    Unfortunately, recent events in the nation signal a steady reversal of the expectations of the founding fathers of Nigeria that this shall be a country based upon the principle of liberal democracy, in which citizens shall have freedom of choice and be treated equally. There are worrisome signals that Nigeria is sliding dangerously down the destructive slope of injustice, oppression, discrimination and disregard for the rule of law.

    It is imperative, given the challenges facing the Nigerian Church and the Nigerian nation to stress the need for the Nigerian Church to unite so that it can take its pride of place in the building of one united nation.

    We also call on all Christians, and indeed all Nigerians, whether in or out of Government to realize that corruption is not only a crime under the Laws of our land, but also and more importantly a sin against God and humanity.

    The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) therefore, condemns corruption in all of its ramifications and charges all persons in positions of responsibility and at all levels to shun corruption, as well as abide by the Laws and Rules governing their general conduct. This would ensure that Government is not put under unnecessary pressure and the resources of the nation would then be applied fully to developmental projects.

    Nevertheless, while commending the efforts of the Government to tackle corruption in the country, NCEF advises that adequate care should be taken to ensure that prosecution of corrupt persons should be done across board. 

    MANIPULATION OF RELIGION

    There is the need to alert Nigerians that there is a gradual increase in state sponsored manipulation of religion for cultural and political domination. In a culturally and religiously divergent society, this level of discrimination is an invitation to chaos and anarchy. Consequent upon certain discriminatory actions and utterances, discordant voices are rising in protests threatening the peace and unity of the nation. What the nation requires is mature nationalistic leadership that will accommodate all Nigerians and provide an all inclusive fair treatment for all the divergent groups in the country on the basis of equality and fairness to everybody. This need for equality and fairness is underscored in our old National Anthem which states “… though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”The prayer in the last verse sums up the yearning of the founding fathers of the nation, “O God of all creation, grant this our one request. Help us to build a nation where no one is oppressed.”

    This intervention does not in any way seek to denigrate one religion and promote another. The major religions in the nation, traditional worship, Islam and Christianity, all seek to find God through their respective modes of worship. Unfortunately, a group within one of the religions seeks to manipulate religion for political gains.

    Islam is a religion and there are many Muslims in the nation committed to genuine practice of Islam. However, there exists a group known internationally as Islamists which practices religion as a political system. While Islam is a religion, Islamism is not. Islamism is a political ideology that holds that Islam is not only a religion but also a political ideology that demands that only Islamists must dominate the environment in which they are.

    Today, Nigerians point to the South West as an example of tolerance in religion with all the various forms of religion in the nation cohabiting in peace. The reason is that majority of the Muslims in the South West region practice Islam solely as a religion while in the North East and North West zones, Islamists are greatly entrenched. With Islamism comes discrimination on the basis of religion, intolerance of non-Islamists, (including Muslims that are not Islamists), destruction of lives and properties and gross violation of human rights.

    Islamism which started in Egypt in 1928 as the Muslim Brotherhood is the ideology driving all the major Islamic terrorist organizations in the world. These include the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, etc.

    It is instructive to note that many Arab nations have found Islamism an extreme way of religious expression and have taken steps to ban it. Examples are Egypt and Tunisia. After the Arab Spring revolution, both nations voted Islamists into power and within a few months, staged another revolution to oust them. Even the United Arabs Emirates is on record to have denounced the extremism associated with Islamism when it alerted Britain on the dangers of giving oxygen to what Britain does not understand.

    Any nation in which Islamists believe that they are sufficiently strong to exercise influence rarely experience peaceful cohabitation amongst the divergent groups within it. This is the current situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and so on. Islamism thrives on injustice, inequality and unfairness.

    As a principle, Islamists “loathe” democracy believing that it is a “man-made” law that must give way for “God made” law, which is Sharia. Islamists, as opposed to Muslims that practice Islam as a religion, will go to every possible length to eradicate democracy in any society so that Sharia can be introduced. Nevertheless, Islamists pay lip service to democracy and claim to promote and support it. Nigerians should understand that such claims by Islamists of supporting democracy are mere pretensions and a display of “TAQIYYA”(deliberate deception) because they work surreptitiously underground to undermine and destroy democracy.

    It therefore becomes very worrisome when the intolerant and discriminatory traits of Islamism are detected in the exercise of state power in Nigeria. For Nigeria to survive, thrive and flourish in peace and unity, the nation must stand solidly upon the principles and practice of liberal democracy. The only way any government in Nigeria can succeed is for it to harness the potentials of all the divergent groups in the nation. A government with discriminatory tendencies will only utilize the potentials available within the narrow confines of its exclusive group while it would unwittingly, shut out the larger potentials available in the other groups. That is reason the Federal Character principle was introduced.

    At the onset of the present administration, government was run without Ministers for seven months contrary to what the Constitution stipulates. Nigerians should be aware that it was not a mistake, it was deliberate. Already the present Constitution of Nigeria has been severely compromised to the extent that the nation now carries a Constitution with “dual ideology” – Liberal Democracy and Sharia. If Nigeria is to survive and flourish, Nigerians should intentionally strengthen and promote Liberal Democracy as the only ideology that can accommodate all the divergent groups in the nation.

    Before independence, the Willink’s Commission wrote:

    “The whole structure of the proceedings leading to independence is based on the belief that Nigeria meant to follow the road of liberal democracy and parliamentary government and to base part of the structure on the opposite assumption is to invite government to do their worst. But if the road is followed (liberal democracy and parliamentary government), votes will count and in the last resort it is votes that will win fair treatment for minorities”

    The consequence of a dual ideology is that the nation has no identity, has no direction and makes no progress. Nigeria at 55 years after Independence cannot stand beside nations that commenced the journey of development with it in the 1960s. Today, nations like China, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, have left Nigeria far behind. As the two ideologies, completely antithetical to each other, pull the nation in opposite directions, Nigerian citizens become the unfortunate victims of the ideological struggle.

    It is necessary to point out to Nigerians, that the main problem of the nation is not only corruption or tribalism, neither is it ethnicity nor mediocrity. Those are symptoms of the disease. Nigeria is in the throes of a terrible ideological struggle between Liberal Democracy and Sharia that must be resolved in favour of Liberal Democracy in the best interest of the divergent ethnic, cultural, and religious groups in the nation.

    ISSUES OF THE MOMENT

    We are amazed at the level of glaring impunity into which governance in Nigeria is sliding. Certain decisions and proposals that are on the table require reconsideration in the overall best interest of the nation. Please permit us to highlight a few:

    National Security: It was with an appreciation of the cultural and religious diversity in Nigeria that the Federal Character principle was enshrined in the Constitution. It is therefore strange that the government in power would concentrate leadership of all the security units in only one section of the country. Presently, the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS), the National Security Adviser, (NSA), the Minister of Defence, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Comptroller General of Customs, are all adherents of the same religion. This is not right.

    Demolition of Churches in Zamfara:It is on record that Boko Haram destroyed over 13,000 Churches in the northern parts of the country. We are yet to resolve the devastation when reports reached us that on 19th January, 2016 the Government of Zamfara state rolled out machines and demolished the Auditorium of Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship in the state. At the same time, Dominican Catholic Church and the Anglican Church were also demolished.

    It should be noted that these places of worship were not marked for demolition at any time. On the contrary, buildings which had been marked for demolition in the environment were left untouched. Are we to conclude that Section 38 (1) of the Constitution is no longer sacrosanct?

    Section 38 (1) of the Constitution states, “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

    We demand that the State Government of Zamfara should urgently rebuild, at its expense, the Christian places of worship that were destroyed by its agents. This should not be difficult because when such a similar act of wanton destruction was carried out on the Baptist Church place of worship and the Pastor’s house in April 2015 at Gidan Maso, Rogo LGA, in Kano State, the Emir of Kano personally visited the Church and instructed that the Chairman of the LGA should send the estimate for the reconstruction to the Kano State Government. When the Kano State Government did not respond quickly, the Emir offered to pay for the cost of the reconstruction of the properties. Presently, work is on-going on the reconstruction project. The Emir went further and sternly warned all the District Heads that if such an act of impunity should occur again, the District Head in charge of the affected area risks forfeiting his position and throne.

    Similarly, when a mob destroyed a Mosque in Onitsha during a public protest, the Governor of Anambra state immediately paid for the renovation and reconstruction. Within a few weeks after the occurrence, the Mosque was renovated.

    Osun State - Threatening Religious Harmony in the South West:It is disturbing to note the alarming developments in Osun state where the religious harmony for which the South West is commended is intentionally being undermined. The peaceful co-existence between the Christians and the Muslims in the state is being deliberately threatened by agents of Islamism.

    The introduction of Sukkuk loan into the state as an alternative to the conventional economic model of borrowing is designed, in our assessment, to plunge the state into chaos and provide means for Arabs and Islamists to take over infrastructure, like schools, particularly those schools previously owned by Christian missionaries. There are states in Nigeria that are returning Christian missionary schools to the Christian owners because government takeover of those schools was done arbitrarily. Rather than follow suit, Osun State Government wishes to surreptitiously convert those Christian schools to Islamic infrastructure through injecting Sukkuk funds into them.

    Some of the affected Christian schools are:

    • Baptist Boys High School
    • Seven Day Adventist Sec. School
    • St. James Grammar School
    • St. Francis Grammar School
    • St. Paul’s Grammar School
    • St. Michael Grammar School
    • Etc, etc

    The plan to inject Sukkuk funding into these Christian Schools is a sly and devious ploy to turn these Christian Schools into Muslim institutions and investments. We are aware that any project that is funded by Sukkuk loan must be administered according to the dictates of Sharia. We therefore call on the Osun state government to return Christian Schools to the missionary owners. If there is any renovation and upgrading that should be done, the owners of the schools shall be glad to do it.

    Saudi Arabia Led Military Coalition:Without recourse to the National Assembly, this Administration was alleged to include Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia led military coalition of 34 Arab/Muslim nations to fight ISIS. While fighting terrorism is the right thing to do, why should Nigeria, a non-aligned and multi-religious nation, be enlisted, allegedly,  in a military coalition that specifically identifies participating nations as “Arab/Muslims”?

    This is another attempt to railroad the nation into an Islamic Sharia controlled state. We state emphatically that Nigeria is not an Islamic nation and it is not ruled by Sharia law.

    Sukkuk Loan:In an attempt to fund the deficit in the 2016 Budget, the Federal Government resorted to seeking external loan. Earlier reports indicated that Government was looking in the direction of obtaining a Sukkuk loan from Islamic lenders. However, we are pleased to observe that Government is now contemplating receiving a World Bank and AfDB loan to fund the deficit in the Budget. (Nevertheless, it should be a matter of concern to all Nigerians, the report that some State Governors in the North are negotiating Sukkuk loan. The report, if true, would be very unfortunate because the expression of religious extremism resulted in widespread devastation and destruction in the North. It is clear that obtaining Sukkuk loan would exacerbate such religious extremism rather than diminish it. Such negotiations should discontinue because Nigeria is not an Islamic nation.)

    While we appreciate Federal Government’s sensitivity, in this case, to the diversities in the nation, we find it disturbing that Government should present a bloated budget that requires external borrowing to fund. It is wise that in a period of dwindling economic resources government should cut its coat according to its size. Why should the government present a bloated budget that the nation cannot fund? And, if the nation is to seek a loan, definitely, it should not seek one that is based on sectional religion. Therefore, we hope that there would no recourse at any time, directly or indirectly, to engage the nation on a loan that is based on sectional religion. Sukkuk is described internationally as “Sharia compliant” loan. It should be clear to everyone that Nigeria is not a Sharia compliant nation.

    For those who are not aware, Sukkuk loan is ASSET BASED as opposed to conventional banking which is ASSET BACKED. Under Sukkuk, both the lender and the debtor will own the asset which is based on land. It therefore implies that if Nigeria should contemplate the Sukkuk loan, both the Arabs and Nigerians will own Nigeria.

    Other disturbing aspects of the Sukkuk are:

    • At no time does the title to the asset pass to the customer (debtor), nor is it expected to pass. (If Nigeria takes Sukkuk, Arabs become the co-owners of Nigeria.)
    • If the customer wishes to purchase the asset at a later date a separate agreement is drawn up.
    • The “New Rules/Amendments to the Rules and Regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission”, paragraph 5.0 (c) states, “Ensure that the applicable Shariah principles and any relevant resolutions and rulings endorsed are complied with;) Paragraph 6.0 (a) states, “The underlying asset and its use shall comply with the requirements of Shariah.”

    We urge Government to always bear in mind the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of Nigeria and always take decisions that will reflect the non-aligned status of the nation.

    Harassment of Christian Leaders: Information at our disposal indicates that a wave of embarrassment and intimidation is being planned for selected Christian leaders in the nation.

    We advise the government of the day to concern itself with the business of governance and desist from embarking on any form of harassment of Christian religious leaders. Christians in Nigeria constitute over 50% of the population and we shall not stand idly by and watch our leaders embarrassed and ridiculed by Islamists in government. Every Nigerian citizen has the freedom of choice and freedom of worship as enshrined in the Constitution.

    Fulani Herdsmen - Murder Legalized:Under the guise of cattle herding, some “Fulani herdsmen” have legalized murder in Nigeria. These “unknown gunmen”, according to security officers, routinely murder Nigerians with impunity, sack entire communities, and leave in their wake death and destruction. It is curious that these harbingers of death and destruction have not been arrested with all the resources committed to security and defense of the nation.

    One easily observable pattern in the attacks by the “Fulani herdsmen” is that their victims are predominantly Christian communities. This has therefore confirmed the suspicion that these are the military forces of the Islamists engaging in ethnic and religious cleansing in the nation. The “Fulani herdsmen” must be stopped and all the perpetrators and their sponsors must be prosecuted.

    Grazing Land: One reason adduced to justify the perennial attacks of the Fulani herdsmen is the argument that they seek grazing fields for their cattle and as a result engage in conflicts with farmers. It was therefore proposed that ancestral lands of other ethnic groups should be allocated to them as grazing fields.

    However, the most sensible and economically wise approach would be to build ranches for the herdsmen in their states of origin. This makes more sense and it is the internationally approved best practice under the circumstances. Other nations of the world consume beef yet, nomads do not drive herds of cattle all over the nation in the 21st century.

    The Grazing Reserve proposal is seen as a deceptive manner of appropriating the lands of indigenous ethnic groups for the Fulani herdsmen to spread their tentacles of terror all over the nation. The proposal should be dropped and the state governments of the herdsmen should build ranches for the herdsmen in their states of origin.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    In view of all the above, we wish to make the following recommendations:

    Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Nigeria should convene a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to resolve every crisis in the nation. The nation needs healing and only the truth can provide it.

    “Conscience is an open wound; only Truth can heal it.” – Othman Dan Fodio.

    Implementation of the 4th Alteration of the 1999 Constitution:We identify with the current efforts of the National Assembly to give full effect to the 4th Alteration of the 1999 Constitution. We commend the efforts of the 7th Assembly for making the provision that the Constitutional Amendment is a continuous exercise.

    The wisdom of the leadership of the 8th Assembly to continue from the 7th Assembly stemmed in recognition of the enormous human and financial resources invested in the 4th Alteration exercise. This is a clear manifestation of the commitment of the 8th Assembly to the stability and future of the Nigerian Republic.

    We therefore urge the Presidency to remit without delay to the National Assembly a copy of the original 4th Alteration Bill which was submitted to the Presidency and was allegedly signed by the immediate past President of Nigeria, in order to assist the National Assembly in its current exercise.

    Implementation of the Report of the National Conference: We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to complement the stand of the National Assembly on the Constitution and implement the Report of the National Conference as regards the Executive and Policy recommendations.

    The Recommendations bordering on the Constitutional issues should be referred without any further delay to the National Assembly for legislative action. Failure to do this will amount to washing down the drain the colossal financial and human resources invested in the National Conference and will be a great disservice to the Nation at large.

    Finally, we recommend that the said report be Gazetted and made public as is usual with such National document for Nigeria to move forward in peace and stability.

    Development of Ethnic Security Infrastructure: In view of the security challenges facing the nation, it is highly advisable that each ethnic group should develop Community Policing to protect its people and its land. The security agencies have not been effective in providing security, particularly for vulnerable communities in the nation.

    Restoration of History as a Subject in Schools: For reasons shrouded in mystery, the government stopped the teaching of History as a subject in schools. From the experience of Black Africans in Sudan, Islamists employ this sly method to eradicate the history of the indigenous ethnic groups whose land the Arabs covet and wish to takeover. Nigerian ethnic groups should be aware of this subtle attack and ensure that the teaching of History is restored in schools. If an enabling law is required, then the State Houses of Assembly should enact such a law to ensure that coming generations study the history of the various peoples of Nigeria, and in the process, also learn the history of their ancestors.

    According to George Orwell, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”A people without history, is a people without a future.

    God Bless Nigeria.

    For and on behalf of: The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF)

    Signed

    Solomon Asemota, SAN

    Chairman,

    February 2016

  • THE NEED TO PRESERVE THE PEACE AND UNITY OF NIGERIA

    National Christian Elder's Forum

    We bring greetings and best wishes to all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, in the name of the Almighty God. It is our prayer that this nation shall continue to experience peace, unity, and prosperity for all the citizens. Our history as a nation, though not too long in comparison with other nations in the world, has been turbulent and at times full of uncertainty. Nevertheless, God in His mercy has granted us the grace to survive and remain united.

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