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Two powerful men behind Buhari’s slow progress ‘Aisha
Wed, 05 Dec 2018

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, yesterday revealed that the leadership of the country under her husband would have performed better, but for two powerful individuals standing as clogs in its wheels. Mrs. Buhari said there are two men in President Muhammadu Buhari administration who have constituted themselves as hindrance for the speedy progress of governance.

The President’s wife said that she is disappointed in men who rather than fight these two men will go to them in the night begging for favour.

The President’s wife, who spoke at a National Women Leadership Summit organised by a political group, Project 4+4 for Buhari & Osinbajo 2019, in Abuja, however, did not mention the names of the powerful persons. She noted that if not for the two powerful men, Buhari’s achievements in the last three and a half years would have been accomplished by the President in one year. Mrs. Buhari stated that the two people in government would never allow things to move fast.

The First Lady, however, stated that the President has done well in the delivery of good governance. The event was also attended by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo. Mrs. Buhari urged Nige- rian women to rise up and fight.

When the Political Adviser to the President, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, was signalling to the First Lady to move away from the topic, she said: “I have realised that Senator Babafemi Ojodu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President, and Dr. Hajo Sani, my aide, Sajo, and wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Osinbajo, are not comfortable with me saying this and want me to confine myself to my prepared speech, but we must say the truth.”

The President’s wife insisted that the two powerful people are retrogressive elements preventing the government from moving forward. This is not the first time the first Lady would be critical of her husband’s government and its functionaries.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Aisha had stated that Buhari’s government had been hijacked by only a “few people”, who were behind presidential appointments. According to her, the president did not know most of the officials he appointed. The First Lady stated that people who did not share the vision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were appointed to top posts because of the influence a “few people” wield.

Her words: “The president does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years. “Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she said.

When asked to name those who had hijacked the government, the First Lady simply said: “You will know them if you watch television.” Asked whether the president was in charge, Mrs. Buhari had said: “That is left for the people to decide.”

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2019: Osinbajo begins doorto- door campaign in Abuja
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday began a door-todoor campaign for the 2019 presidential election in two suburbs of Abuja. The Vice President was at Nyanya and Karu areas where he met with residents in their homes to sell the achievements of the government and sought for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Security []The post 2019: Osinbajo begins doorto- door campaign in Abuja appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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$8.1bn refund: CBN, MTN opt for out-of-court settlement
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
MTN Nigeria Communications Limited is currently in talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for an amicable resolution of the dispute which arose from the apex banks directive for the payment of $8.1 billion from the telecommunication outfit. The $8.1 billion demand by the CBN followed alleged forex remittances infraction by MTN. []The post $8.1bn refund: CBN, MTN opt for out-of-court settlement appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I won’t rest until Chibok girls are released ‘ Buhari
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his government will not rest until the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in April 2014 are safely released. The President stated this in Katowice, Poland, at a bilateral meeting with Swiss President, Alain Berset, on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24. Senior []The post I won’t rest until Chibok girls are released ‘ Buhari appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Governors, Labour’s threats over minimum wage
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
When everyone thought that organised labour and government were making a headway towards resolving the new minimum wage imbroglio as early as possible, a new dimension was suddenly introduced to it recently with the state governors threatening to downsize to enable them pay N30,000. The threat of downsizing, under any circumstance, is uncalled []The post Governors, Labour’s threats over minimum wage appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Nigeria’s domestic league deserves better organisation
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
In the last rankings of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Nigeria placed fourth in Africa and retains her 44th spot in the world with 1,427 points, as against October’s 1,431 points, in the global monthly rankings released last week. Tunisia, which led African teams in the last rankings, dropped to second place behind []The post Nigeria’s domestic league deserves better organisation appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Six die in Abia, Cross Rivers auto crashes
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
At six people lost their lives in auto accidents which occurred in Aba, Abia State and Calabar in Cross River State. Four passengers died in a Toyota Sienna bus with registration number MH 630 UWN Enugu when the vehicle rammed into a stationary truck. But in Calabar, a young man and a mother of []The post Six die in Abia, Cross Rivers auto crashes appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ganduje signs Kano Disability Bill into law
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday signed into law the state’s Disability Bill, warning parents of children with disabilities to withdraw their children from the streets or be prosecuted. The governor said the law had taken care of almost all the needs of the physically-challenged in the state, which he said included giving []The post Ganduje signs Kano Disability Bill into law appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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21, 878 Nigerians apply for police jobs in 5 days
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Fivedaysafteritopened its of portal for recruitment, the Police Service Commission (PSC), yesterdaysaidatotalof 21,878youngmenandwomen have sent their applications. This is even as the Federal Government said it was recruiting 10,000 police personnel. The Police Service Commission made the disclosure yesterdayin a statement byits Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani. According []The post 21, 878 Nigerians apply for police jobs in 5 days appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Senators, loyalists dump Amosun, back Abiodun
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
There appears to be a major crack in the political camp of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, as political campaigns for the 2019 elections intensify in the state. The development followed the refusal of some prominent associates and aides from the governors camp in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to buy his directive to []The post Senators, loyalists dump Amosun, back Abiodun appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Strike: Again, FG, ASUU meeting inconclusive
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended without any conclusion yesterday. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, while speaking with newsmen at the end of the closed door meeting in Abuja noted that negotiations were still ongoing. He said both parties were yet to reach a []The post Strike: Again, FG, ASUU meeting inconclusive appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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APC cautions opposition parties on rumour of Kalu’s death
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned members of the opposition parties to stop peddling wicked rumour that its chieftain and former governor of the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu was dead. The rumour had it that Kalu reportedly died a few weeks ago in a Wiesbaden, Germany Hospital after []The post APC cautions opposition parties on rumour of Kalu’s death appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Buhari strengthens states’ finance with $700m
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The states are on the verge of accessing about $700 million being facilitated by President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen governance and public finance management at sub- national level of government. The gesture, President Buhari explained yesterday in Abuja was one of the several measures to enthrone transparency and accountability in the public sector in []The post Buhari strengthens states’ finance with $700m appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Local ship owners battle foreign dominance
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Ship owners are teaming up with government agencies to achieve 99 per cent local content policy. The drive will reduce number of foreign vessels on Nigerian waters and boost employment. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports For some decades, foreign shipping lines have been lifting Nigeria’s oil with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Nigerian National Petroleum []The post Local ship owners battle foreign dominance appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NBS: Banks’ bad loans jump by N306.04bn in Q3
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Despite forecasts of lower Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) for the Nigerian banking industry this year, lenders in the country added N306.04billion to their NPLs in Q3 2018, latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows. According to ‘Selected Banking Sector Data-Q3 2018′ released by the NBS last weekend, banks’ NPLs increased from N1.94 []The post NBS: Banks’ bad loans jump by N306.04bn in Q3 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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CBN’s unrelenting quest for better SME funding
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Despite coming under fire from critics over the issue, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) looks set to step up its intervention in the real sector, in order to boost funding for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Tony Chukwunyem writes Given their universally acknowledged role as the engine of economic growth, Small and Medium []The post CBN’s unrelenting quest for better SME funding appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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CBN: Business confidence rises in November
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Business confidence in the country was higher in November compared with October, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Business Expectations Survey (BES) report for November 2018, has revealed. The report, which was posted on the apex bank’s website yesterday, stated: ‘at 25.9 index points, respondents’ overall confidence index (CI) on the macro economy in []The post CBN: Business confidence rises in November appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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CBN injects $210m into forex market
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
In its first intervention in the foreign exchange market for the month of December, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday injected the sum of $210 million into the inter-bank foreign exchange market. Details of the intervention obtained from the apex bank showed that authorised dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, in []The post CBN injects $210m into forex market appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Fixing major constraint to growth of SMEs
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
There is need for Nigeria to step up efforts in financing Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) through capital markets for economic growth. Chris Ugwu writes SMEs are vital for economic growth and development in both industrialised and developing countries, by playing a key role in creating new jobs. They need adequate financing []The post Fixing major constraint to growth of SMEs appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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ATMs, bank branches in UK headed for extinction by 2041
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Projections based on year-over-year averages indicate that Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and bank branches will disappear from the U.K. in just a little more than 20 years, according to Expert Market, a B2B comparison site for card payment systems. In a press release, Expert Market cited statistics from the House of Commons showing that ATMs []The post ‘ATMs, bank branches in UK headed for extinction by 2041’ appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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UBA Ghana launches MasterCard platinum card
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
UBA Ghana, a subsidiary of the UBA Group, has introduced the Mastercard platinum card to serve its affluent clients. In a statement, he lender said it introduced Mastercard platinum card to its well-off clients and customers who desire to do electronic transactions more efficiently without having to worry about security. The platinum card is []The post UBA Ghana launches MasterCard platinum card appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Heritage Bank gets award for improving entrepreneurs
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Heritage Bank Plc has received an award for its ‘outstanding contributions’ toward improving the lives of young business owners in Nigeria at the 5th Anniversary Ceremony of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) Awards for 2018. Speaking at the NYPF awards for 2018 in Abuja, MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo, said the award []The post Heritage Bank gets award for improving entrepreneurs appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Okonkwo: Fidelity Bank committed to strategic plan, others
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Fidelity Bank Plc, has reaffirmed its commitment towards achieving its five-year strategic plan whilst advancing socio-economic development through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. The Bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo made this assertion in Lagos last weekend during its annual Fidelity Year End Party themed ‘Doing Good’, held at Eko Hotel & []The post Okonkwo: Fidelity Bank committed to strategic plan, others appeared fi
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Senate: Wrangling engulfs committees
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
CHUKWU DAVID reports on internal strife rocking some of the Senate’s standing committees In recent times, it has been observed that leaders of some standing committees of the Senate and their members have been having frosty relationships. This has led to altercations and accusations among the affected lawmakers during plenary. New Telegraph investigations []The post Senate: Wrangling engulfs committees appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Obaseki has improved on Oshiomhole’s legacy ‘ Ohonbamu
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Paul Ohonbamu is the Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation. In this interview, he speaks on governance in the state and efforts by the Godwin Obaseki-led administration to reposition the state. CAJETAN MMUTA reports What has been your experience working with Governor Godwin Obaseki’ The governor has proven to be dedicated, purposeful and []The post Obaseki has improved on Oshiomhole’s legacy ‘ Ohonbamu appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2019: Tinubu attacks PDP, Atiku
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
says opposition presidential candidate lacks integrity ‘Osinbajo: Elite prefers Buhari dead National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday launched a ferocious attack on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning Nigerians to avoid them like plagues. Tinubu, who spoke at the []The post 2019: Tinubu attacks PDP, Atiku appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Workers block NASS, protest non-payment of new salary
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Senate, Reps pledge immediate intervention ‘Lack of fund releases, cause our failure ‘ Clerk Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), yesterday, marched on the National Assembly, Abuja and frustrated all activities at the legislative complex. The PASAN members were protesting failure of the management of the National Assembly to pay []The post Workers block NASS, protest non-payment of new salary appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Oyetola appoints Adesina as CPS
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Gboyega Oyetola, Osun State Governor has appointed Mr. Niyi Adesina as his Chief Press Secretary and the appointment takes immediate effect. Until his current appointment, Adesina wasThe Nations Newspaper Deputy Editor in charge of News. Adesina, an experienced journalist of 28 years cognate experience in journalism, worked with several newspaper publications includingPrime People, National Concord,Punch, []The post Oyetola appoints Adesina as CPS appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Odegbami, others want FG to honour Falcons
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A former national team captain, Segun Odegbami, has joined the call for the Federal Government to organise a befitting reception for the senior women national team, Super Falcons, who at the weekend defeated South Africa to retain the African Women Nations Cup trophy. The Super Falcons defeated South Africa after penalty shootout in the []The post Odegbami, others want FG to honour Falcons appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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World Cup: Falcons coach demands physical trainer, video analyst
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
as team knows group foes on Saturday Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby, has enjoined his employers Nigeria Football Federation to approve his demand for appointment of a physical trainer and video analysts ahead of their participation at the FIFA Women World Cup slated for June next year in France. These demands were contained in []The post World Cup: Falcons coach demands physical trainer, video analyst appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Joshua to Wilder, Fury: I’m ready for either of you
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Nigerian-born multiple boxing title holder, Anthony Joshua, has said he is ready to face Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight unification fight following the WBC champions split decision with Tyson Fury on Saturday. Its no secret that Joshua did not want this fight, Tyson Fury said of countryman Joshuas refusal to finalize a lucrative bout []The post Joshua to Wilder, Fury: I’m ready for either of you appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Dalung kick starts sports festival with road show
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
National Sports Festival was yesterday kick started by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, in the Federal Capital City, Abuja. The Minister was escorted on the road show by some athletes who were already on ground for the festival and members of staff of the Sports Ministry. Speaking before the road show []The post Dalung kick starts sports festival with road show appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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National Sports Festival: Okowa dangles N1m for each gold medal
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
tells Delta contingent to defend championship Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has promised to splash a reward of N1m on any of the states athletes that wins a gold medal during the National Sports Festival which starts today in Abuja. The Governor said for every gold medal won, N1 million would be the reward. The []The post National Sports Festival: Okowa dangles N1m for each gold medal appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Modric: Zidane inspired me to Ballon d’Or glory
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Luka Modric has credited Zinedine Zidane with giving him the confidence to fulfil his potential and claim a maiden Ballon dOr. Modric was crowned the worlds best player on Monday, ending the 10-year stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the prize. The Croatia midfielder won three consecutive Champions League titles under Zidane before []The post Modric: Zidane inspired me to Ballon dOr glory appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Lagos All Sail will change the face of water sports in Nigeria
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Organisers of the Lagos All Sail Championship are convinced that the event will change the face of water sports in Nigeria. While announcing the championship that will involve competition from boat racers from various individuals and groups from December 13to15, 2018, at Bisc Jetty, Lekki, convener of the event, Maleek Shehu, said he was []The post ‘Lagos All Sail will change the face of water sports in Nigeria’ appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I’m fulfilled with United for Christ Football League ‘ Korode
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The first edition of the United For Christ Football League has come and gone but the indelible mark it has left in the lives of the youths that participated in the tournament will not be forgotten in a hurry. In the final match played at the National Stadium in Surulere last weekend, CAC Ase-Oro []The post I’m fulfilled with United for Christ Football League ‘ Korode appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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WAFU U-20: Flying Eagles depart for Togo
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria are scheduled to embark on a seven-hour road trip from Lagos to Lome, Togo, on Tuesday for this year’s U-20 WAFU Cup. The team led by coach Paul Aigbogun was due to fly out to Togo Tuesday (yesterday), but the departure has now been moved to Wednesday (today). According []The post WAFU U-20: Flying Eagles depart for Togo appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Man City, largest winners from FIFA’s World Cup hand-out
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Enyimba, IfeanyiUbah get $237,720 English champions Manchester City are the biggest beneficiaries from the $209m handed out by FIFA to clubs who released players for the 2018 World Cup, the global soccer body said on Tuesday. City will receive $5.0m, ahead of Real Madrid ($4.81 million), Tottenham Hotspur ($4.38m), Barcelona ($4.14 million) and Paris []The post Man City, largest winners from FIFAs World Cup hand-out appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Sanwo-Olu: Fragile, handle with care!
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
If you interview 10 people in Lagos, five or six will tell you they think the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in next year’s election, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, will most likely win. Ask them again what they knew about Sanwo-Olu as a person or his pedigree, many of them are likely to draw []The post Sanwo-Olu: Fragile, handle with care! appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Emembo: An artist inspired by the word
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The desire to convey fresh and delightful perspectives of the word ‘a document as ancient as time, through showcasing in alternative art spaces, is at the centre of Chike Emembo’s unique form of art, Agwu Enekwachi writes The yearning to spread the appreciation of art to all who show even a flicker of interest, []The post Emembo: An artist inspired by the word appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Culture, identity as ‘Moremi’ goes on stage
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
All is set for the stage production of the musical, Moremi The Musical. Produced by the House of Oduduwa, in conjunction with Bolanle Austen Peters, ‘Moremi the Musical’ is another effort in the global promotion of the Yoruba cultural heritage by the Arole Ooduwa, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife. Starring []The post Culture, identity as ‘Moremi’ goes on stage appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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