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What Legacy Can Buhari Leave?



By Eric Elezuo

The euphoria that heralded the coming of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 was heart deep. The retired general rode on the goodwill of Nigerians, and the popular consensus that the then president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had failed in his five years of presiding over the affairs of Nigeria. But it did not take long before the Nigerian public understood that they have been sold the wrong dish, in fact a dish more substandard than what was previously obtained.

Buhari’s first display of mediocrity was his inability to appoint an executive council to run the country. It took a whopping six months before the first round of ministers were announced. To make matters worse, Mr. President was in and out of the country, shuffling from one hospital to another trying to cure an ailment shrouded in secrecy till date. The president was out of the country for a cumulative 150 days, among which was a 90 days stretch.

When it was obvious that Buhari was completely cured, demystifying the earlier notion of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who claimed that the president had died overseas while a foreign replacement, who he called Jibril from Sudan, was forced on Nigerians, it still unfortunate as nation seem to remain on auto-pilot. The allegation of his supposed death has yet to be proved till date.

Across board, the more vocal voices and dissenting minds have unequivocally agreed that there is not much for the soldier-turned civilian president to leave as a legacy in comparison to his previous three predecessors; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, AlhajiI Musa Yar’dua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Much as Buhari is of the same stock with Obasanjo, analysts believe that both men are poles apart in terms of achievements and enduring legacies.

Chiding Buhari just after the 2023 Presidential Election in a letter, Obasanjo had said that Buhari’s sole legacy will be tainted unless he made some major adjustments to the outcome of the presidential elections. But as expected, Obasanjo was predictably ignored, putting to jeopardy any strand of legacy that can link to the former maximum ruler.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in an article titled Buhari’s Legacy, and published in the Vanguard of March 15, 2023, observed that:

“You would think exiting on the back of a thoroughly disputed election, for a man who came to power following an uncontested electoral victory and a textbook peaceful transition will be the ultimate dishonour that will define the character of an eight year leadership, but you will be wrong. There is a long list of failures that would precede the elections fiasco, and it might not be entirely uncharitable to assume that the president had one of those rare moments when a past flashes through a life, and you are made to clutch at one redeeming star out of a long line of gloom: support INEC to conduct an election that may get the nation to think his eight years did not exist.

“In those eight years, poverty and corruption and insecurity, the three scourges Buhari said he would fight have fed fat on weak leadership and swamped the nation. He had lowered the bar on good governance so effectively it will be difficult to see how it can be made lower. It would take a generation to retrieve bits and pieces of the nation that have drifted apart owing largely to incompetence and insensitivity in managing pluralism. The transition from him to the next good president(s) may test the nation’s resilience, and its surviving the stresses from recovering lost ground may reveal whether its foundations have been irretrievably damaged by the pure poverty of ideas that was the hallmark of the Buhari administration.”

With just two months for Buhari to exit the seat of power, stakeholders, analysts and the general public are digging deep to unearth what Mr President can be remember for other than policies that have polarised the nation into ethnic and religious divide where ethnic militants and secessionists have risen with vocal voices resonating across the globe. There was, and still is Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB, Sunday Igboho’s Yoruba Nation among others. These groups are consequences of marginalisation and barefaced ethnic profiling, especially with the people of the Southeast, who were accused and are being punished for not supporting Buhari during the elections.

During the campaigns, Buhari and his co-travellers have pinpointed Economy, Security and corruption are their key areas of concentration, but eight years down the line, poverty, insecurity and corruption have quadruple in every guise, and Nigerians are the worse for it.

It is obvious that Buhari himself understood his inept handling of the nation’s affairs in the concluding eight years, and vowed to make amends with the conduct of the 2023 general elections, and leave a lasting legacy. This was sold to Nigerians that the elections will go down in history as the best conducted and transparent election. Nigerians bought it, and were ready to forgive Buhari for his eight years of lukewarm administration if only he could get the election matter right, and allow them vote candidates of their choice. But that was not to be; the election proved to be the very opposite of what it was intended to be, recording massive rigging, violence, harassment and voter intimidation. The trump card for the election hidden in the Biometric Voter Authentication System (BVAS) and the IReV became a ghost of itself as INEC bypassed both and allotted votes and results as it pleases. Buhari’s intended legacy flopped. And he is no in a hurry to find out why. Rather he kowtowed INEC’s and his party’s stand of ‘go to court’ if you are not pleased.

As it stands today, Nigerians have been suffering a tripod menace since anyone can remember; there is scarcity of petroleum products, especially the petrol motto spirit with motorists and commuters queuing endlessly at filling stations and paying exorbitant prices where the product can be found. The naira redesign polity has inflicted untold hardship to homes and relationships. Many have reported lost their lives in their quest to get naira which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), mopped up with commensurate release of the new notes. People therefore, have to buy naira to spend naira. At a stage, the Punch reported that a total of 13 people had died protesting against the new policy. Even after an intervention by the Supreme Court to delay the rollout, President Buhari held on to his position. He showed flagrant disrespect for the judiciary.

Except of course legacy means leaving behind the positives, Buhari will sure be remembered for leaving behind a legacy of a nation soaked in its own blood; a nation where ethnicity and religion have been weaponised to kill its own citizens; a nation that took a million steps backward for every attempted one step forward. It is loudly rumoured that most of the areas taken by Boko Haram before Buhari came to power are becoming peaceful today, analysts ask why the transfer to the northwest as banditry is making waves unabated.

According to Tukur Abdulkadir, a professor at Kaduna State University, “Insurgents now controlled villages, and again, tens of thousands have fled the violence.

“If they could deal decisively with Boko Haram, people are still perplexed and bewildered as to why it has become so difficult for the Nigerian security agencies and the government of Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the problem of banditry in the northwestern part of Nigeria,” he said.

According to dw,com, which quoted a Lagos-based financial consultant, Shuaibu Idris, “To further exacerbate the situation, more and more young Nigerians are left without a chance after finishing their studies. Creating jobs and boosting the economy was another one of Buhari’s promises back in 2015.

“When President Buhari took over, our inflation rate was somewhere around 12% to 13%. Today we are talking about 21% to 22%. Can we say he has done well? Clearly the answer is no.”

Similarly, he pointed out that exchange rates for the naira as well as the national debt load had gone up significantly, while unemployment figures were also increasing.

What did the Buhari administration do to counter these developments? Conditional cash transfers and loans to farmers were among the policies. But they often turned sour, not helping to create jobs, Shuaibu Idris pointed out.

However, some believe that the president has done his best as is his slogan, owning to quite a number of policies implemented. But it is not farfetched that the implementations have been poor. They argue that there are many projects that have been abandoned for decades in Nigeria that he has either succeeded in completing all his or he is on the verge of completing. Like the prominent Second Niger Bridge. The bridge, a brain child of the Jonathan administration is yet to be completed the humongous amount of money pumped in notwithstanding. It is hoped that the bridge will witnessed full functionality before the May 29, 2023 handing over date.

But speaking on behalf of the government a few weeks back, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said Buhari has done well. He said beyond infrastructure, the Buhari administration is leaving a legacy of a social investment programme that is unprecedented in Africa and had enhanced the quality of life of the beneficiaries.

“Our pace-setting social investment programmes like N-Power, School Feeding, Conditional Cash Transfer and GEEP (Government Enterprise Empowerment programme) have benefitted millions of our citizens, both young and old, and this can neither be trivialised nor denied,” he said.

The minister said the Buhari government has also put Nigeria on the path of self-sufficiency in many staples, including rice.

He said fertiliser blending plants in the country have increased from 10 in 2015 to 142 while the number of rice mills has increased from 10 in 2015 to 80 presently.

The minister said that based on the achievements, Nigeria, which was the number one export destination for rice in 2014, according to Thai authorities, is now ranked 79.

On security, he said the Buhari administration has revamped the sector in the face of unprecedented challenges in the country.

“Today, the Nigerian military is being restored to its glorious past, thanks to Mr. President’s foresight and doggedness in re-equipping the various services,” he said.

“And this has made it possible for the military to tackle insurgency and all other security challenges facing the country.

“As you can now see, this military has been recording successes after successes.”

He added that the current administration has ensured inclusiveness, especially in the areas of infrastructure and social development.

The minister said there is no state in Nigeria that has no road, bridge or housing project irrespective of party affiliation.

He added that while other administrations pampered corrupt people, the Buhari government exposed and put them on trial.

“Whereas the immediate past administration came up with such programmes as Treasury Single Account (TSA) and Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), they were implemented largely on paper until we came on board and ensured total implementation,” he said.

“The EFCC, the ICPC and other anti-corruption agencies have gone beyond merely arresting and prosecuting alleged corrupt officials to institutionalising the fight against corruption through various programmes.”

Not many bought into the minister’s analyses, as there is nothing to show for any bogus achievement mentioned.

But stakeholders believe that there could be one last area Buhari could write his name in gold and cause Nigerians develop amnesia over his humongous failures. They unanimously agree that the area is the judiciary.

Popular opinions has it that the judiciary must be allowed a free hand to decide cases even as the election petitions are on the front burner.

Consequently, the world watches with keen interest to see if matters of the court will also be mishandled as the INEC conducted-elections, and that may mean that Buhari may go down in history as the Nigeria president without a tangible legacy to his name. But someone said God forbid!

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Behold! The Miracle Man of Liberia: Joseph Nyumah Boakai




By Eric Elezuo

The saying, the patience dog eats the fattest bone, came to fruition in the life of former Liberian Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, as he coasted to presidential victory after decades of laying in the loop.

It was like a dream come true, when the incumbent Liberian President, George Opong Weah, out a call through to him in congratulations as results from the Tuesday run-off election continue to trickle. His mind must have gone on a round robin journey in delayed ecstasy as the 78-year-old accomplished politician grabbed the number one seat of power in the small West African country, but oldest African Republic.

The Tuesday’s run-off election came after a tightly fought first round in October, in which neither candidate passed the 50% of votes needed to win outright.

However, official results on Friday showed Boakai had 50.9% of the vote over Weah’s 49.1%, with more than 99% of votes counted. This prompted Weah’s concession.

Touted as having seen himself through education at the country’s College of West Africa, by working as the school janitor, cleaning floors and toilets at night and studying by day, Boakai could very well be described as a focused person.

Much as not many people gave him a chance, the streets of Monrovia equally in loud jubilation when he it was obvious he was returned elected.

Lending credence the presidency of Boakai even as the world awaits January 22, 2024 when the position will become official, former football legend, who is the incumbent president, George Weah, took to the airwaves to make that both the battle and wars are over, and that Liberia has chosen a leader in the person of Boakai. As difficult as it was, Weah entered the history as one of the few Africans, who supervised a smooth transition even as they were defeated at the polls. The others are Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and Ghana’s John Mahama.

Below is George Weah’s heartwarming address to the nation on the election of Boakai:


I stand before you tonight with a heavy heart, but with the utmost respect for the democratic process that has defined our nation. As your President and the leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change, I want to address you on the outcome of the run-off elections held on November 14, 2023.

The results announced tonight, though not final, indicate that Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai is in a lead that is insurmountable. A few moments ago, I spoke with President-elect Joseph N. Boakai to congratulate him on his victory and to offer my sincere commitment to working with him for the betterment of our beloved Liberia.

I extend my heartfelt congratulations to President-elect Boakai, his supporters, and his campaign team. May his presidency be marked by success for all Liberians, and may our nation prosper under his leadership.

Tonight, as we acknowledge the results, let us also recognize that the true winners of these elections are the people of Liberia. Through your peaceful and orderly exercise of your constitutional right to vote, you have once again demonstrated your commitment to the democratic principles that bind us together as a nation.

Under my leadership, these elections were organized with a promise to the Liberian people – a promise of fairness, transparency, and credibility. I am proud to say that, for the most part, we have fulfilled that promise. The Liberian people have spoken, and their choice will be honored and obeyed.

At this juncture, I would like to congratulate the National Elections Commission for a job well done. You have earned the respect of all Liberians, our foreign partners, international observers, and the world at large for completing this difficult task to the satisfaction of all stakeholders, including the contesting parties.

However, the closeness of the results reveals a deep division within our country. As we transition to the new Boakai administration, we must be vigilant to the dangers of division and work together to find common ground. Now, more than ever, unity is paramount for the love of Mama Liberia.

To the members of the Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change, fellow partisans, CDCians, Weahcians, auxiliaries, first-time voters, campaign managers, and party leaders, I understand that this is not the outcome we desired. Although we did not emerge victorious, your hard work and support have been the backbone of our campaign, and for that, I am deeply grateful.

I urge you to follow my example and accept the results of the elections. Go home tonight with the knowledge that our ideals and vision for Liberia remain strong. We are a young movement, and our time will come again. Tomorrow, resume your daily activities in a normal way, and come and join me at our party headquarters to reflect on our journey and plan for our return to political leadership in 2029.


Tonight, the CDC has lost the election, but Liberia has won. This is a time for graciousness in defeat, a time to place our country above party, and patriotism above personal interest. I remain your President until the handover of power, and I will continue to work for the good of Liberia. Let us heal the divisions caused by the campaign and come together as One Nation and One United People.

May God bless Liberia, and may we continue to strive for a brighter future together.

Thank you, and good night.


The president-elect was born on November 30, 1944, in the remote village of Worsonga in Foya District, Lofa County, and previously served as the 29th vice president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He was also the Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.

As vice president, he was the president of the Liberian Senate and presided over plenary sessions of that body for two days each week. He also performed supervisory functions over a number of institutions and agencies including the Liberia National Lotteries (LOTTO), the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), and the National Commission on Disarmament Demobilization Resettlement and Reintegration (NCDDRR).

In 2017, Boakai ran for president against the Weah, but lost. He would go on to defeat Weah in a rematch in 2023.

Active in philanthropic efforts, Boakai supervised and personally financed a 7-mile (11.2 kilometer) rural village road construction near Warsonga in Lofa county, Liberia. He also worked with the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Danish Youth to construct a school for 150 students and clinic for a community of 10 villages. He was active in organizing and fund raising for rural electrification of Foya Kama in Lofa County, Northern Liberia.

A Baptist and a deacon of the Effort Baptist Church, Boakai is married to Kartumu, and they have four children.

On November 30, Boakai will turn 79, and for a fact, the people of Liberia has already given him a splendid birthday present.

Congratulations Mr. President-elect!

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Welcome to Tinubu’s One-Party State




By Eric Elezuo

It is no longer news, going by the way events are unfolding, that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration is doing everything within its power to turn the country into a one-party state. Much as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is silent on the nation’s party system, it is a known fact that the country strives, and has been striving on multi-party convention.

However, events in the last couple of days, or dating to the advent if the Tinubu, has revealed a trend that showed there is a tendency being hatched by the present to convert the country to a one-party state, loyal to the party at the centre, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It is important to note that this unholy trend is not a function of the ballot papers or boxes or electoral propriety, but inordinate manipulations, using the instrumentality of the courts, judiciary, coercion and outright intimidation.

It is a fact that since independence, Nigeria has maintained a multiparty system except in 1992 when the President Ibrahim Babangida Military Government, through a conference, allowed a two-party system, leading to the 1993 inconclusive elections, touted to have been won by Chief MKO Abiola. The two parties were the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the National Republican Party (NRC). But with the return of democracy in 1999, the country has maintained a multiparty system, albeit conventionally.

But over the years, much as multiple parties are registered, only two are always the frontline parties, with clear exceptions of 1979 and 2023 when the regional inclination reared its head again as it was in the 1963 and 1966 elections.

In the 1960s, there were the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), the National Convention of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) and the Action Group (AG) among others.

In 1979, there were the National Party zof Nigeria (NPN), the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP), the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), the Great Nigeria Peoples Party (GNPP) and the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

And then in 2023, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) slugged it out.

However, in the six months that President Tinubu ascended the throne, the pokitical positions are making dramatic switches to the APC via court rulings, giving a cross sections of Nigerian the effontery to believe there is a hidden agenda to welcome a new Nigeria where political positions both elected and appointed are ‘allocated’ to Tinubu’s APC.

A few instances have emerged to raise eyebrows as regards the direction and shape Nigeria political landscape is taking. Among the instances are the following:


Earlier in September, the Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Moses Sule was sacked by the state election petitions tribunal.

The election petition tribunal sitting in Jos, sacked the lawmaker, who was elected on the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) platform in the last election.

He was sacked alongside Danjuma Azi, a member representing Jos North West constituency in the assembly. The tribunal declared the former majority leader of the house, Hon. Naanlong Daniel and Hon. Mark Na’ah, all of the APC as winners of the March 18 elections.

In November, no fewer than four National Assembly members elected on the platform of the PDP including the Senate Minority Leader, Simon Mwadkwon, were sacked by the Appeal Court on the grounds that the PDP had no valid structure in the state. They were replaced with failed APC candidates including the former governor, Simon Lalong, who is now the Minister of Labour and Productivity, sparking unrest in the state.


On Thursday, the Court of Appeal sitting  Abuja sacked Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara and declared the March 18 governorship election in the state as inconclusive.

The court also ordered a rerun in three local government areas: Maradun, Birnin-Magaji and  Bukkuyum.

Zamfara is currently governed by Mr Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party who defeated the then-incumbent governor, Bello Matawalle, of the APC. Matawalle is now the Minister of State for Defence in the Tinubu administration.

The election tribunal in Zamfara had earlier ruled in favour of Mr Lawal but its ruling has now been overturned by the appeal court.

Mr Lawal is however, expected to remain in office until the matter is finally decided by the Supreme Court.


On Friday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld the ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal sacking Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State.

In its judgment, the Appeal Court agreed with the judgment of the tribunal, ruling that the fielding of Abba Yusuf was in breach of the Electoral Law as he was not qualified to contest that Election

The verdict comes nearly two months after the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on September 20, sacked Yusuf, declaring the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, as the winner of the March 18 election.

Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the poll in March.

The tribunal deducted 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total as invalid votes, stating that the affected ballot papers were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.

The ruling came about six months after the APC candidate conceded defeat to Yusuf in the wake of INEC’s presentation of the certificate of return to the NNPP candidate.

Observers and stakeholders see the judgment as a means of restoring Kano as an APC stronghold as well as returning its Chairman, and former governor, Abdullahi Ganduje as a force to reckon with in Kano politics in preparation for the 2027 election onslaught.


The candidates of the APC, Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, and Usman Ododo of Kogi State, were both declared winners of the November 11, 2023 governorship elections in the states, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) amid widely reported irregularities.

DailyPost reported that “lapses were recorded in the elections. There were controversies surrounding the data provided on the IReV. Allegations of pre-written results were rife. Worse still, INEC affirmed the controversial results despite alleged evidence of overvoting, disruption of the voting process and clear instances of security agencies aiding the snatching of ballot boxes.”

These were better showcased in Kogi State.

According to YIAGA Africa, one of the accredited observers for the elections, there were proliferation of the pre-filled result sheet in Polling Unit 020 in Eika/Ohizenyi, Okehi Local Government Area of the state.

The same development was witnessed in PU 004 in Eni Ward of Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area. Yet INEC discountenanced the alarm, and went ahead to release results, and declare the APC candidate winner.

Some observers and Kogi political stakeholders have dismissed everything that happened to the handiwork of the incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello. The governor hasninturn thank President Tinubu for the enabling environment to hold and win the election.

In Imo State, a Daily Post investigation reveals that videos were in circulation where security personnel were accused of allegedly helping the government in power disrupt the voting process, and make away with electoral materials.

The paper wrote: “One such incident happened at the Umuchoko Umuohiagu Junction Polling Unit in Ward 11 of Ngor Okpala LGA, where thugs allegedly working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) carted away ballot boxes and other election materials.

“This reportedly happened after the votes were counted and PDP led with 65 votes against APC’s 35 votes and LP’s 17 votes.

Following the alleged gross manipulation and rigging of the polls, some political parties and their candidates, rejected the results.

While Nigerians have expressed disappointment in INEC and their conduct of elections, it is still unclear whose agenda the electoral body is propagating; theirs or the government of the state?

“This government is just positioning itself for the final battle in 2027, and don’t care if they turned this nation into a one-party state. However, it is too early to begin such grandstanding when the elections are still over three years away,” a political analyst told The Boss

But countering the position, an APC stalwart in Lagos State, hinted that there is no better time to do what the party is doing at the present.

“This is the appropriate time to plant only APC members across the country, thanks to the court cases. You know it will be difficult to turn incumbents to party members after the court cases. Using the judiciary to achieve this aim makes everything absolutely foolproof. The party will come after whatever remnants are left in other parties at the conclusion of court cases,” the chieftain, who craved anonymity, said.

The country has only witnessed six months of Tinubu’s administration, and a lot is still left to be desired in the three and half years.

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Dele Momodu Congratulates Liberia’s President-elect, Hails Weah for Toeing Path of Jonathan, Mahama




By Eric Elezuo

Veteran journalist and Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Chief Dele Momodu, has congratulated the newly elected president of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai, on his electoral victory after a hard fought electioneering season.

Taking through his social media handles including Instagram, Momodu revealed that he received the news of the massive victory through the incumbent Vice President, Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, who confirmed the loss of her principal, George Opong Weah.

Her message read: “I thank you so much for all of your support, but we have lost the elections.

President Weah has just congratulated Ambassador Boakai.”

Reliving the process, Momodu hailed President Weah for accepting defeat, and calling to congratulate his opponent, Boakai, as well as for being a genuine African statement, sustaining the path to smooth transition as laid down by former Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, followed by former Ghana’s President, John Mahama.

He wrote: “Massive congratulations to the President-elect of Liberia, former Vice President AMBASSADOR JOSEPH NYUMAH BOAKAI, who has defeated PRESIDENT GEORGE MANNEH OPPONG WEAH in a keenly contested second round Presidential election.

“I have just received a message from Liberian Vice President DR JEWEL HOWARD-TAYLOR confirming that PRESIDENT WEAH has called to congratulate AMBASSADOR BOAKAI (Born November 30, 1944)… LIBERIA has set another heartwarming example of smooth transition in West Africa reminiscent of that of PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN of NIGERIA (2015) and PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA of GHANA (2016)…

Momodu further appreciated Howard-Taylor for playing her part honorably as the Vice President.

George Weah was elected President of Liberia in the 2017 after defeating the incumbent vice president Joseph Boakai, and was sworn in on 22 January 2018. He will therefore, leave office in January 2024 after six years in office.

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