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Insecurity: Instead of Confronting President Buhari, we should be praying for him – Gowon tells Nigerians
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Insecurity: Instead of Confronting President Buhari, we should be praying for him – Gowon tells Nigerians

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has advised Nigerians to pray for President Buhari instead of confronting him over the high level of insecurity in the country. The former Head of State gave the charge at the 23rd anniversary and founder’s day celebration of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), with the theme: Rejigging the security architecture: imperatives for a second line of public safety; the Nigerian Peace Corps perspectives, at the Obasanjo Space Centre, Abuja on Saturday, July 10. Represented at the event by a former military governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Garuba (rtd), Gowon said the problems in the country are also weighing the President down. “There is no nation in Africa that does not have challenges. Be it economy or security. Countries have ch...
Journalists barred from State-Of-Nation parley in Abuja
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Journalists barred from State-Of-Nation parley in Abuja

A high-profile meeting on the “state of the nation” has been convened by a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. Journalists were however barred from the meeting which former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd); Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dr. Samson Ayokunle; a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd) and a former Attorney General of the Federal (AGF), Kanu Agabi (SAN) and many others attended. The nine-hour marathon meeting held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja started 11.00 am and ended 8.15 pm with two breaks for prayers and meals. According to Daily Trust, Security operatives at the ven...
Buhari Meets With Abdulsalami Abubakar, Buba Marwa
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Buhari Meets With Abdulsalami Abubakar, Buba Marwa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar (retd) in State House. In a separate audience, he also met with Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Mohammed Buba Marwa. The purpose of the visits were not known as at press time.
Gowon Pushes For Rotational President
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Gowon Pushes For Rotational President

The clamour for power shift got a push on Sunday from former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who called for zoning and rotational presidency among the six geo-political zones. Gen.Gowon said rotating the office is key to peace, tranquility and development. Besides, the elder statesman, who spoke in Abuja at 100th anniversary of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA), canvassed the rotation of the presidency among the 19 Norther states, adding that, no ethnic group is better outside the nation than inside as one united Nigeria. He suggested that Nigeria should henceforth, have two vice presidents, saying that one of them should come from the zone producing the President and the other elected into power during the presidential election. Gowon who spoke on the topic: “Barewa College...
Ibori’s Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways – FG
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Ibori’s Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways – FG

The federal government says the £4.2m loot recovered from James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, will be used to fund three infrastructural projects including the second Niger bridge. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), listed the two other projects as the Lagos–Ibadan and Abuja–Kano expressways. The government had earlier deployed $321 million loot recovered from Sani Abacha, former head of state, for the construction of the same projects. The fresh loot was seized from Ibori who was convicted of fraud and money laundering by a UK court in 2012. It will be returned to Nigeria following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday by the federal government and the UK. At the MoU signing in Abuja, Malami said Nigeria remains committed...
Negotiating With Bandits Not Best Solution – Abdulsalami Abubakar
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Negotiating With Bandits Not Best Solution – Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (Rtd) has said negotiating with terrorists and bandits is not the best way to tackle insecurity. Abubakar said this while speaking to newsmen after a meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum in Minna. He mentioned that the best way to solve Nigeria’s banditry and kidnapping problems is to ensure that the crimes are not committed in the first place. While admitting that sometimes negotiations might be used to save the lives of kidnap victims, General Abdulsalami said Nigeria needs tight security that can checkmate the miscreants before they strike. Speaking on the Kagara abduction, Abdulsalami said it will be unwise for anyone to, however, storm a hideout of bandits to rescue students. “Even if anyone knows the location o...
UK Parliamentarian Exposes How Gowon Stole Money ‘Half Of The Central Bank’
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UK Parliamentarian Exposes How Gowon Stole Money ‘Half Of The Central Bank’

During the debate today, Monday the UK Parliament discussed about the #EndSars protest as well as the excesses of the Nigerian government officials. In that session, a shocking revelation was made where a UK Parliament member revealed that Nigerian Hero, civil war veteran and former Head of state stole so much money - it could be equated as "Half the cnetral bank of Nigeria', - during his reign as leader of the nation and hid it in London. Here is the exact Video where the UK parliamentarian made the allegations  https://youtu.be/lP1WhuRAkoA Here is the full video https://youtu.be/MTKMUEpHWoE
2023 Presidency: No Zoning In APC — Orji Uzor Kalu
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2023 Presidency: No Zoning In APC — Orji Uzor Kalu

The Chief Whip of the National Assembly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has said there is no zoning of presidential ticket in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2023 presidential race, adding that “the position is an open basket for anyone that intends to vie for it.” Kalu stated this after his private visits to former President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar at their Uphill residence in Minna. He noted that zoning is a party issue, stressing that there is no zoning in the All Progressives Congress (APC) which makes the presidency an open basket for anyone to fight for in 2023. “Zoning is a party issue, every party has the right to say where they want a position to come from but in APC, there is no issue of zoning. ...
Abacha Loot: Emirs, Chiefs Consulted When Money Was Kept Overseas – Al-Mustapha
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Abacha Loot: Emirs, Chiefs Consulted When Money Was Kept Overseas – Al-Mustapha

The former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former head of state, Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha in defence of his former boss has stated that the Abacha administration consulted Emirs, Chiefs and VIPs before moving billions of naira now referred to as “Abacha loot” overseas. Al-Mustapha who was speaking during a program aired on BBC Hausa, monitored by Vanguard said former head of state, General Sani Abacha made such move because “there was a period Nigeria was to be sanctioned”, so there was a need to “keep money overseas so that Nigeria and Nigerians would not suffer, when the sanction was imposed on the country.” “We gathered Emirs and Chiefs from the South and from the North, together with VIPs of that time, those in government and those not in government.” He said it was a...
Mambilla Project Won’t Benefit From Abacha Loot ― Presidency
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Mambilla Project Won’t Benefit From Abacha Loot ― Presidency

The Presidency says it acted in error by adding the Mambilla project among those to benefit from the $311 million loot by late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, which was recently returned to the country from the US and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, had earlier announced that the project along with second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway, and Lagos-Ibadan expressway would be the beneficiaries. In a statement released this evening, Shehu said he regretted the erroneous addition of the project for the list as it was not part of the projects to the financed under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Read ...
“I Deliberately Referred To Abacha Loot As “Abacha’s Assets” – Malami
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“I Deliberately Referred To Abacha Loot As “Abacha’s Assets” – Malami

Abubakar Malami SAN, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has faulted those criticising him for describing the recently repatriated Abacha loots as ” Abacha assets. Malami in a statement said while the money was a loot, it automatically becomes an assets when it is returned to the federal government. “Attention of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to needless media hype relating to purported characterization of the recovered assets associated with former Head of State, General Sani Abacha as “Abacha Assets”. The office maintained that the choice of words was deliberate”. “It is to be noted that by way of antecedence that Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been consi...
Yakubu Gowon Leads Prayer Rally Against Killings, Boko Haram Attack In NorthEast
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Yakubu Gowon Leads Prayer Rally Against Killings, Boko Haram Attack In NorthEast

Former Head of States and National Chairman of Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Sunday, led the group in a prayer rally for peace in the North-East zone and Nigeria at large. Speaking during the one-day prayer rally organised by Nigeria Prays, North-East zone held in Bauchi, with the theme, ‘The Lord of hosts is with us’, Gowon said the purpose of the rally was to fervently intercede for the country, most especially in this troubling times. He said the group from all the Northeastern zone gathered in Bauchi to seek God’s mercies and blessings on Nigeria. This, he said, was to appease the political, social and economic well-being of Bauchi State and the entire North-East zone as they grapple with issues of terrorism, insurgencies and various kinds of insecurity an...
Garba Shehu Reacts To Uproar Over Plan To Give $100 Abacha Loot To Bagudu
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Garba Shehu Reacts To Uproar Over Plan To Give $100 Abacha Loot To Bagudu

The Presidency, in a reaction to the report on an alleged attempt by the federal government to hand over about $100 million United States authorities say was stolen by a former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, to Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu, advised against any action that would complicate ongoing efforts to recover more money from abroad. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, when contacted yesterday, said the Embassy of the United States might be approached for any clarification on the agreement already reached by the three parties. Shehu, in a text message to our correspondent, said: “We have a lot more money to recover oversees and no one has the right to complicate things for the government of our country. “The U.S. and t...
No Regrets Fighting Civil War – Gowon
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No Regrets Fighting Civil War – Gowon

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has said his administration had no regret going into the Biafra war because it was necessary to keep Nigeria one. The ex-military dictator said this in a special interview he granted the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, as part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigerian civil war, on Wednesday. He said, “The war was fought to keep Nigeria one, not for other reasons as is being speculated in some quarters. It is because of this that we don’t have regrets about fighting the war. “We fought because of our love for our country. That is why at the end of the war, we declared that there was no victor, no vanquished.” The retired general, however, cautioned those he said were trying to turn bac...
Man Insists Obasanjo Is From Anambra And Not Owu
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Man Insists Obasanjo Is From Anambra And Not Owu

A middle age man, Damilade Abdul Oladele, has insisted that the former head of State and President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is a native of Onitsha in Anambra State, and not from Owu in Ogun State. Damilade wrote on his Facebook page that the resemblance between the Igwe Onyejekwe of Onitsha, and the former President is too sticking. Igwe Onyejekwe was reported to have lived in Owu in Ogun State, as a police officer around the time the former President was born. According to Damilade, he wrote: "The resemblance is striking, Igwe Onyejekwe of Onitsha that ruled from 1962- 1970" "He lived in Abeokuta for years before being recalled home to be made King" "He also lived in Owu, at the time Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) was born, but Obasanjo has debunked that he was born by this late...
Buhari Celebrates Yakubu Gowon On His 85th Birthday –
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Buhari Celebrates Yakubu Gowon On His 85th Birthday –

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Nigeria's former head of state and one of the living, General Yakubu Gowon as he turns 85 years today, Saturday, October 19, 2019. In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari described Gowon as a living legend and symbol of national unity. He extolled the celebrant for his courage and interest in the “interest” of Nigeria, saying his (Gowon’s) visionary leadership style, wisdom and disciplined outlook had kept the country as one. According to Buhari, Gowon laid a solid foundation for the country to thrive, with the creation of federating units, and implementation of futuristic policies like the famous NYSC. He, therefore, commended the former head of state for “providing w...
“Nigerians Are Angry” – Abdulsalami Abubakar Worried About Security Crisis
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“Nigerians Are Angry” – Abdulsalami Abubakar Worried About Security Crisis

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Monday, expressed concern about the rising tension in the country. Abdulsalami said some of the problems the country had been experiencing demanded urgent action from government and individuals. The ex-dictator spoke at a roundtable discussion on the security challenges facing the country organised by the General Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Minna, Niger State. The event began on Monday. He said, “There is anger in the land and voices of reason are drowning very rapidly. It is clear that the situation requires that we all live up to the expectations of a nation that puts so much value on elders. “The roundtable discussion, which has participants drawn from across the country and re...
We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders
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We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders

THE Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, declined an invitation by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) on a roundtable on national issues and security scheduled to hold in Minna, Niger State.“ The leaders declined the invitation over the inclusion of Miyetti Allah to the roundtable describing it as “a grave insult” to them.“This was contained in a letter titled: Re: Roundtable on National Issues and Security and signed by Chief E.K Clark (PANDEF leader), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere leader), Chief John Nwodo (President, Ohanaeze) and Dr. Pogu Bitrus (President, Middle Belt Forum). The statement reads: “We individually received your invitation to the above event holding in Minna between 29 and 30 July 2019. We thank you for your interest in...
What We’re Doing About Abacha’s $300m, By FG
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What We’re Doing About Abacha’s $300m, By FG

Negotiations between Nigeria, the United States of America and the Island of Jersey for the return of fresh $300m from former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha, has reached an advanced stage, Daily Trust heard yesterday. The Special Assistant to the President on Justice Sector Reform and National Coordinator for Open Government Partnership, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, A presidential aide, also said the figures being reported [£210m – equivalent to $267m or N82bn) are wrong. She said negotiations and litigation on money have been ongoing for over three years between the USA, Island of Jersey and Nigeria. The presidential aide refuted reports that the money will be divided between Nigeria, US and Jersey. Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu said the decision of the court in Jersey is ...
Moment When Yakubu Gowon Officially Discharged The First Group Of NYSC In 1974
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Moment When Yakubu Gowon Officially Discharged The First Group Of NYSC In 1974

The First group of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members being officially discharged after completion of their service year in June 1974. General Yakubu Gowon, the then Nigerian Head of State was present to oversee, discharge and wish the Corp members well. ?: The First group of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members being officially discharged after completion of their service year in June 1974. General Yakubu Gowon, the then Nigerian Head of State was present to oversee, discharge and wish the Corp members well. pic.twitter.com/MgabDq7zej — ?? (@historyintwits) May 8, 2019
Nobody Wants To Give Me Credit For June 12 ’93 Election, Says Babangida
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Nobody Wants To Give Me Credit For June 12 ’93 Election, Says Babangida

General Ibrahim Babangida, Nigeria's former Head of State, has said nobody gave him credit for the June 12, 1993 presidential election. He stated this in an exclusive interview with The Crest. Babangida spoke of the intricacies surrounding the election, and the details of what led to the annulment. His words: "I think people who said that have not been fair to me because when we started the transition programme, I was in the media; I said we will be doing it step by step, by learning. Wherever we met a hiccup, we will stop, change it and move again. On this, I was honest with Nigerians. I told them that, and they would have judged me with what I said on that particular issue. But everybody wanted the military to just leave. But I did say it, that in the process of implementati...
2019 Polls: Parties To Meet Dec 11 To Sign Peace Accord
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2019 Polls: Parties To Meet Dec 11 To Sign Peace Accord

As part of measures to ensure the success of the 2019 general elections, all registered political parties will on December 11 in Abuja formally signed a peace accord for the conduct of the elections. The National Peace Committee headed by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) said this in Abuja on Thursday at the end of a marathon meeting with the parties and other stakeholders. While presenting the resolutions of the meeting, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah, said the parties have resolved to adopt the same principles that guided the success of 2015 elections as a template for ensuring that all stakeholders commit themselves to peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections. He said the committee and political parties discussed extensively on the ...
Stop Complaining, Vote Out Bad Leaders, Abdulsalami Tells Nigerians
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Stop Complaining, Vote Out Bad Leaders, Abdulsalami Tells Nigerians

A former Head of State , Gen . Abdulsalami Abubakar , on Friday in Jos , Plateau State , urged Nigerians to stop complaining about the present hardship in the country but instead vote out incompetent leaders during the 2019 elections . Abubakar spoke at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru , during the 2018 Distinguished Annual Lecture for Senior Executive Course 40 participants , with the Vice - President , Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as Special Guest of Honour . Abubakar condemned the practice of vote- buying by politicians, insisting that it must be discouraged by all means. He said , “ Every citizen has a duty . You must not sell your vote. You must register to vote . “ Stop criticising the failures of government , go and vote them out if you think those...
Murtala Muhammed’s 80th Posthumous Birthday Is Today
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Murtala Muhammed’s 80th Posthumous Birthday Is Today

Murtala Ramat Muhammed was born on 8 November 1938 in the ancient city of Kano to Mallam Muhammadu Riskuwa and Malama Uwani Ramatu. His father was a visionary teacher, who saw the importance western education would play, With foresight, he ensured that his son had sound education. Murtala was educated at Kofar Kudu Primary School, Gidan Sarki Primary School and Gidan Makama Primary School all in Kano. From there he proceeded to Kano Middle School (now Rumfa College) Kano. It was from there that he gained admission into Government College (later known as Barewa College) Zaria, where he got his school certificate in 1957. While in his third year at Government College Zaria, Kaduna, Murtala lost his dearly beloved father in 1953. Young Murtala weathers the storm and went on with determin...
Mr Ibu Kneels Down As Babangida Prays For Him On His 57th Birthday (Pics, Video)
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Mr Ibu Kneels Down As Babangida Prays For Him On His 57th Birthday (Pics, Video)

Star actor, John Okafor aka Mr Ibu turned 57 years recently. He was born on the 17 of October 1961. The comic actor visited the ex head of state at his hilltop Mansion in Minna, Niger State and he knelt down as IBB prayed for him. Both of them were just laughing out loud. Mr Ibu shared the video online. Watch video below   View this post on Instagram   That was father IBB praying for me on my birthday in his villa Minna Niger State may God keep him for us Amen A post shared by John Okafor (@realmribu) on Oct 18, 2018 at 2:51pm PDT
FG To Disburse $322m Abacha Loot To Poor Nigerians
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FG To Disburse $322m Abacha Loot To Poor Nigerians

The Federal Government is reportedly making plans to disburse $322 million fund repatriated from the accounts of former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha in Switzerland to Nigerians. DailyTrust reports that the National Coordinator of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Nigeria and Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reforms, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu disclosed this recently in an interactive session with newsmen. Ibekeaku-Nwagwu said under a MoU with Switzerland, the funds would be paid directly into the accounts of the poorest Nigerians through their various accounts for two years and identification numbers to be made available on the website being developed by the National Social Investment office and the World Bank. She pleaded with Nigerians to be patient as the a...
Abdulsalami Abubakar Gets A Customized Perfume From Sapphire Scents
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Abdulsalami Abubakar Gets A Customized Perfume From Sapphire Scents

Former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar received a customized perfume at his Abuja residence yesterday -courtesy of Master Perfumer at Sapphire Scents. The 74-year-old politician also hosted the group of budding enterprenuers who presented the Bespoke Sapphire Scents to him.
NTA Mistakenly Pronounce Former Head Of State, Yakubu Gowon, Dead
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NTA Mistakenly Pronounce Former Head Of State, Yakubu Gowon, Dead

Last night, NTA mistakenly pronounced former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon rtd, dead when it scrolled a message on its station announcing that the former leader had passed on at 79 years old. It was later discovered that it was General Gowon's sister, Martha Kande Audu who is the 1st northern female voice on Radio/TV Kaduna that died yesterday at the age of 79.
Impeach Yar’adua Now – Buhari Told Law Makers In 2010
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Impeach Yar’adua Now – Buhari Told Law Makers In 2010

Former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has declared that the only solution to present political uncertainty in the country is for the National Assembly to set machineries in motion for the impeachment of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. The 2003 and 2007 presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) made the declaration yesterday while addressing members of the National Unity Forum (NUF) which had visited him in Kaduna. The forum led by Alhaji Maigida Musa Abdu had from last week began visiting notable northern leaders to seek their opinions on how best to handle the Yar'Adua mess and at the same time ensuring that the region does not lose out completely in the power equation, especially as the country approaches 2011. For instance, when it...

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