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Have Your Say: Is Nigeria Worth Living In?

Any time I discuss leaving the doomed and bleeping country with my peeps, there are always mixed reactions, majority of them would say if I leave who would repair the country? Lol, Meanwhile when you know there is absolutely nothing that can be done to make this country any better than it is. so I need you to just tell me what you think. With over 64 million unemployed and under-employed people in the country we would be heading practically to a dead END. I only wish the SUPREME COURT can nullify the election of this unpopular president. Hehe MR PRESIDENT does not recognize president Mugabe,  lol, when he knows fully well that both of them came in to power through the same MASSIVE ELECTORAL FRAUD.  E very body is waiting for MR PRESIDENT to declare a STATE OF EMERGENCY ON THE POWER SECTOR, but if he does, will the wires start connecting it selves? Even looking at the investment sector we find most major Nigeria  companies lagging behind southafrica’s, GLO is behind MTN, Hitv is way behind DSTV, Zenith bank is also lagging behind STANDARD BANK .…………

In fact I don tire, this country na wa oooooooooooo. This country is not worth staying neither is worth wasting our precious human abilities and resources. Or is it?

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yes and u will pay property taxes every yr till u die,u didnt say that private parking in cities like new york and chicago downtown go for several hundred thousand dollars ,just for the space,and so on

plus your property might not appreciate,with this housing crisis for the next 5yrs,meanwhile in nigeria it is bound to make u money

anyhow what am going to say is that,there are people all over the world from different places

china is growing @ 8%,per annum,and there are people from china moving to the U.S for a better life and vice-versa

same with Nigeria,people are moving back home,while others are emigrating,its the nature of humans

u get in where u fit in. . .

so all i will say is everyones condition is not the same,there are also thousands of americans who will jump at the opportunity to go live and work in Nigeria

many are suffering here

like i said,get in where u fit in. . .and keep it moving

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yes too much money to be made

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As long as I got a steady stream of bitches, that substance and CNN, then HELL YEA!!!

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Nigeria for now is not worth it. I am a patriot but I go for the truth. If Nigeria is worth it why will our Politician seek medical outside.

Nigeria does not have a realistic Policies on ground to guide her. Nigeria is unable to provide the capital required to empower people. It is better to go out and be empowered then it will be possible to cross the poverty line.

I want to state here that indicator for crossing poverty line in Nigeria is not in the numbers of cars you ride. I use to have a friend that says he beleive he can make it in Nigeria when he struggle to get a job in the bank. He rented a two bedroom flat, he bought a good car. He said he has crossed poverty line. I told him you are still poor. He spent over two years paying back the loans from his bank. Most of us friends can not get to him for just a soft loan of N5,000. Finanlly, my friend trapped in the rat race he is now in the UK as an illegal immigrant. On getting to the UK he start sending money to us to buy properties for him, he came home to fix his marriage and now he is planning to start selling cars.

Do you think a Bank Manager will be able to acheive except through loan?

I am not saying it is easy out there but it is far better there than here

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Ask yourselves, are there people living in Nigeria that can afford to live outside? Are there people from other countries who live in Nigeria? Are they many?

When you answer these questions, you will know if Nigeria is a country worth living in.

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Is it the light?? Definitely not!!! I spend thousands of naira daily on fuel.

Or is it water?? I drink ampliclox from time to time coz i don't trust our "pure water"

Or security?? Honestly, i don't know who to dread.Is it the robbers,kidnappers or police?Apo six is a reminder of the sort of security we have

Is it road?? Which roads?

Is is telecomunication?? Hmmm.No comment.

Is it education?? Which education?Govt no send ASUU and the way things are going, it might extend till 2010

Is it tourism?? Where are the tourists?Who in his/her right mind would want to visit 9ja on tour?Unless they have a kidnapper fetish.

Is it transportation?? Is it the molue or the okadas or the kekenapeps?Which one?

Is it our ecomomy?? We never had one.Everybody "creates" their own economy.

Is it technology?? Someone mentioned Zinox computers which are assembled by already made parts.So technology is zero here.

Is it our industries?? Garri industry is still viable.At least the price keeps going up when there is fuel scarcity

Is it sanitation?? Only in Abj and Calabar

Is it our government?? Which govt?Is the arm robbers in aso rock or which?

Is it commerce?? No comment.

Is it what?? Nothing dey here jare.

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Good question but have you ever wondered what America would have been if the likes of George Washington ran away for better life in Britain in the eighteenth century. The democracy enjoyed by China today was fought by their citizens inclusive of students movements who stood their grounds even as their colleagues were killed in cold blood. The China of 20years ago was worst than Nigeria of today in terms of the impact of public opinion, yet, their fight was fruitful. why cant we do the same?

America and Europe were not created with the ''21 questions'' provided in abundance, their citizens, like you and I, provided them. We must desist from these our negative notions and think positive about the country.

If I may add, if you know you have not gone out of your way, your normal life, to add value or contribute to Nigerian growth, maybe by giving scholarships and/or buying new cloth for orphans, providing borehole to communities,  teaching/lecturing in schools for free, then you should keep your complaints to yourself as you are not different from the political class who do not have the interest of Nigeria at heart rather their own selfish interest

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to me, the answer here is NO but do we have a choice? those who have choice have left since.

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Is it the light??  At least we have light at all and Tiger generator is cheap now

Or is it water??  We have drinkable borehole & Pure water

Or security??  We have police (don't mind their N20)

Is it road??  At least Abuja roads are okay

Is is telecomunication?? I have 3 different working GSM lines

Is it education?? Am a graduate

Is it tourism?? Go to Cross River state and see Donald Duke's handwork

Is it transportation?? We have Buscar, Marcopolo & Hummer buses

Is it our ecomomy?? At least we have debt-free economy

Is it technology?? Emeagwali in US is a nigerian, and we have Zinox computers

Is it our industries?? We have Dangote sugar and cement industries

Is it sanitation?? At least Lagos looks cleanier these days

Is it our government?? We have a PDP ( sorry, Democractic) system of govt

Is it commerce?? We have Igbo people.

Is it what?? Just mention it.

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I do not agree with you. Some people that live in Nigeria do so because they want to. Some have the resources to live in any part of the world they want to but they still prefer Nigeria. Quite a number of Nigerians travel to Europe and America just for a few weeks holiday once or twice a year. well, you only enjoy Nigeria if you have the coins.

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NIgeria is a nation with opportunities, if you have the right resources.

Security is terrible, however, you will be the only one to decide what is best for you.

But a little fix from the govt will make life so fun for the citizens

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The problem with you Nigerian I want to be rich in one day.There are work in Nigeria.I find my job in Nigeria before i was transfer  to Ghana. There are job in Nigeria.Cleaning of road is a Job.All Nigerians has already left the farm.We all think of Big things. Must you always depend on the oil or must you always depend on Federal Government.You keep complain Nigeria is this and that. There are million of Ghanaian who don't have job here but they keep hustling to survive. We Nigeria want a Easy life like America and the Western World.It cant possible if we cant work it here in Nigeria.I don't blame the Government on other hand but I blame them on the other hand.Nigeria want Quick money.Chinedu don buy hummer Jeep.Me I never buy. that is Nigerians Mentality.There are a lot of Job in Nigeria to do if you are not Educated.My brother running away wont solve the problem.Nigeria Mentality are difficult to Understand if someone can studying it very well you will understand.There are million of Nigeria who has money but they all depend on Government to create the roads and make Nigeria beautiful in one day. for me the blame don't go to Nigeria herself but for the peoples who call themselves Nigerians.

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north america and europe are producers too in their own right plus the small matter of everyone using their currency plus them setting prices. what may surprice you too is that china and indian economy are to a large extent owned by americans/ europeans too. they own/ part own most of the factories producing the things they sell here in the west.

what you see the indians and chineese doing is doing what the west did to transform itself. tonight i heard on the auntie BBC of a town in china producing fridges but only one man own a fridge in the whole town and that was thanks to the govt giving farmers to subsidy to buy such things.

we are a consuming society that is fact. consuming what we cant afford for that matter.

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@JJYOU,

Don't agree. The whole world is consumer-oriented, except of course for China.

The real issue is that people don't know, period.

People here don't really know who they are. If we ever did in the past, we lost all that identity somehow.

People here don't really know what they want to be. So we keep kicking back to the colonialists, and keep citing the colonial era, for self-validation.

People, either here or in the diaspora, don't really know how to move forward. Or to a large extent, how to empower themselves to move forward. That is why it seems the struggle to survive is really bitter out here in the Third World.

The difference between now and the future are only two things - maturity and leadership. It's all right to pin it all on Yar'Adua. But a large number of us are even far less capable. Most people can't even run their lives, it seems.

I like Covey's definition of progress - the 'continuum of maturity', from dependence to independence, and later to interdependence. Has any of us ever thought about the possibility that the struggle to make Nigeria better starts with each and every one of us? How far along that continuum are we as individuals?

That is why you see the trend of some of the Asiactic nations (Indians, Chinese, etc) being able to establish themselves anywhere they find themselves, in every field of industry imaginable, even crime. They obviously have moved further along that continuum, and are able to beat a path through the bush to the future.

Was at a Chinese restaurant the other night, and couldn't help marvelling at the fact that every single thing in that place, including the Insect-O-Cutor, hand dryer, taps and sink, and even the toilet bowl, were all manufactured in China. That can't all be government, or communism. At least we didn't see too many Soviet merchandise around those days. Long and short, let's all get busy living and moving forward to the place of our dreams. That even varies from person to person.

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nigeria is a very blessed place. we have the wrong people .

say for instance you ask the english to exchange thier island for nigeria without the oil today they will gladly do the deal. the irony is that give them 10yrs in nigeria and nigerians in the UK, nigerians will be queing in london for visa to nigeria.

we dont have the will and enduring strenght to pay the prize for transforming anything. we dont have the love to do anything for the good of the masses. we are mostly I, me and myself oriented. users and consumers. that is the difference.

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Amusing topic.

Truth is, most people who live in Nigeria don't even have a choice, as most people living in Pakistan, North Korea, Bangladesh, or India do not. They have to live there, regardless of the many graphic horrors our diasporean friends have energetically painted. Even for my diasporean friends, your parents, uncles, siblings, they still live in Nigeria abi? Have you rescued them yet, or you think they deserve to live there since they're not smart enough?

Some of these topics are kinda childish. Just like if you were a kid living in your parents house in Bariga or Ajegunle, you went to vist friends in Ikoyi, and came back abusing your neighbourhood and your parents. Would that change anything, even if you got the opportunity to leave the village to stay with your wealthy relatives in the city? Would you because of that forget who you are, where you came from, and the people you left behind?

Rather than thinking up all sorts of negative stuff to post about Nigeria (not that you don't have the right to), why don't you look at making progressive comments about how Nigeria can move forward, starting from your neighbourhood, your LG, and your state? Form progressive liaisons, get together and see how some sort of constructive engagement can be formulated. Else some of these comments don't even worth the bandwidth used to post them. They are rather immature and smack of too much CNN or some other sensationalist Western media.

As Yoruba people like to say, don't use your left hand to point out your father's house. Except you guys also think that African proverbs are a load of crap.

Peace.

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yes on crap property wih overbloated prices, its crazy

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IS NIGERIA WORTH LIVING IN = NO

IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR CHANGE = NO

CAN FOREIGN-BASED PROS HELP = NO (dey get corrupted d moment dey come in)

CAN THE PEOPLE RISE UP AND DEMAND CHANGE = NO (we r so abused we don't even know or want what is right anymore)

CAN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HELP = NO (naija has defied all international economic and sociopolitical solutions proven to have worked in other countries)

WAY OUT? = DIVINE INTERVENTION

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I concede, you have me all figured out now.

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Refer to this question, quoted by you:

And my answer:

And your new paragraph again, which is a contradictory mess:

Are you sure now that you stated that I was attacking you?

As to the second part of your question, well, one need look no further (although there's more to look at) than what you stated here concerning Nigeria being worth living in:

Isn't that what you wanted? Proof that you said Nigeria isn't worth living in?

In addition, you liken those who disagree with you to dictators who lord their views over everyone. You think they regard others as idiots. And you spend just as much time arguing for yourself while bullying those who disagree with you. Who is the real dictator?

You say Nigeria isn't worth living in. They disagree. Don't hate.

[i]I [/i]don't think anyone is evil for finding opportunities elsewhere (heck, I go to school in the States even though I plan to return soon as I'm done). But your taking it to mean that Nigeria isn't worth living in is pushing it. Don't lord your negativity over everyone or paint those who live abroad with the same color as you. And yes, I find good in those who consciously decide to stay for their countries sake if you don't. Good night.

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Saying that Nigeria isn't worth it is objective criticism?

Seems that you do a good job of "criticizing" but can't take a dose of the same medicine. Who's the immature one now?

My intention wasn't to insult anyone, by the way. I acknowledge that my words were a little extreme. Apologies if readers were offended, but sometimes we just need to cool it because we tend to be very negative about our homeland.

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Once again, if you think Nigeria is not worth it for you, then why attack me?

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Outsiders would think that the dissenters, especially you Kobojunkie, hate Nigeria despite what you state now.

Your posts are put downs for Nigeria and it's patriotic citizens. I'm sorry, but I can deduce no other conclusion, extreme as it might be. Truth is bitter, but it has to be told. If Nigeria is not worth it then what else can I say?

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hey, If YOU hate the country, that is your business and your headache, not mine. From what I have read on here so far, people are expressing their frustration at the lack of push in the right direction that continues to exist in the country. Hating the country is a completely different issue. Please let us try to at least understand that little fact.

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Nigeria is worth living in because only those who live in it can bolster the amenities you list above.

IMHO, this thread is very depressing. Do we really hate our country this much?

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see the polls,

it's funny thou, that people still like to stay in this nation.

i respect everyone's opinion.

as for me lie lie.

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it's just get cripper.

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If only people will learn to take their own advice/practice what they preach, what a wonderful world this would be.

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Notice how you want to go on my personal issue instead of focusing proving you have an understanding of the question asked. You have so far been feeding us the “I love Nigeria more than you do” rant which to this point shows you have little idea of what is being asked you but are too quick to make sure to use this opportunity to promote yourself as another person who can claim to be a member of the I-AM-MORE-PATRIOTIC-THAN-THOU  brigade. I am sorry, answer the questions or accept you have not provided any meaningful response whatsoever in this case.

You claim you answered the questions in your previous post but reading that, any intelligent person will see that you yet again brushed the questions to the side so you could push your I-AM-MORE-PATRIOTIC-THAN-THOU slogan as you almost immediately jumped to crucifying my person to make me seem the problem in this case, instead of focusing on the real problems which the thread is about.

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I quit on you, cos its either you don't understand all i've been trying to say, or your ego won't allow you to accept the veracity of my posts. Any unbiased person who reads all my posts on this thread would understand the point of view i'm coming from. And i even answered those questions in my last post, unless you chose to ignore it again. So i rest my case. Cheers!

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If you claim to understand the Original question that was asked,  Then, stop with the rambling and answer the list of questions that have been posed to help ensure you have an real understanding. All this jargons you continue with only show that you have no clue what the original question means Simple!! either be honest and accept you have little idea what the question means and stop posting the same old lines expecting it to be seen some different way.

If you want me to congratulate you, answer the questions and prove to me that you have at least some understanding of what the question is about. The very fact that you feel those who feel it is worth it need to be congratulated already speaks much of the little understanding you have of the question and notice how I continue to hammer on your lack of understanding of the main question itself? Put sentiments to the side and answer these questions please. Enough rambling and excuse fishing already.

Why do you find it so hard to answer those simple questions instead of continuing to come up with baseless excuse after another to support some up in the air point??

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Nigeria is not a developed country. IT NEVER WAS. It is a developing country with lots of shortcomings here and there. Now to answer the questions.

Light, Water, Security, Roads, telecommunications, industry etc, we know there are lots that need to be done. We know the situation is bad (every one knows that), but not that the situation is zero. You can stay in the comfort of Ohio or wherever your location is and pass judgemental opinions.

Saying it is not worth living in would mean that everyone living in Nigeria are not in their right senses or do not know what is befitting of them. Rather than crucify those who feel the country is worth living in despite d imperfections around them, you should instead congratulate them since you may not be bold enough to have the courage and faith that they do have. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and shouldn't be crucified for it. Abi freedom of opinion dey forbidden again?

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Is Nigeria worth Living?

YESSSS

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@Sleekmag, I know your ego needs you to continuing posting all that rubbish without necessarily having an understanding of the question, just cause you feel it is the right thing for you to do, as if posting that makes the problems go away.

Here are questions that were posed earlier, reposted a couple of times and now I post them yet again to help you better understand the answer to the question 'IS NIGERIA WORTH LIVING IN'. Going on a holier then thou spree as you have continued to makes no sense when it comes to answering the main question which you are yet to do up to this point. So may I ask that you put that rubbish to the side and answer these questions in all honesty and maybe, just maybe you might get a better clue of what you are being asked.

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Those of you who think Nigeria's not worth living in, what's your advice to people living in Nigeria? That they should all pack their bags and leave with their families? That the nation is doomed? Or you're just sad about the negative situation and wish there was something that could be done to salvage the nation?

If you dont believe in your country, no one will help you believe in it. And if you don't care about your country (Nigeria), at least don't discourage those who believe in it, still have hopes about it and are optimistic about its eventual turnout. Have you heard of patriotism before? Where does yours lie?

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@ Kobojunkie

Well, you're wrong in your interpretion of my response.

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[quote author=madamkoko link=topic=154665.msg2602422#msg2602422 date=1217772606

I don't even know what NEPA bill has to do with anything.

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it has everything to do with it. i'm just saying we should all contribute our own quota towards moving this nation foward.

we can do at our individual places of work or at school. we should follow the due proccess in every we do.

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When last did NEPA (PHCN) suply electricity. The last time I remember, my generator supplied me with power and not (NEPA/PHCN:  Problem Has only Changed Name)

I don't even know what NEPA bill has to do with anything.

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Such nonsensical jargon, when did praying for a nation affect meaningful change.

This is why I state in my previous statement that RELIGION MUST BE BANNED. First step towards change in Nigeria. Forcing people to  use logic to solve Nigeria's problems and not using pessimissm and complacency to argue prayers.

When I pray, I thank God. I don't say God come down to save Nigeria. (Lets destroy the corrupt leaders: thats logic.) take them out of government and leadership positions.

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you can start that change by standing for what is right at all times.

for example <water & power>, when last did you pay your water and NEPA (sorry, PHCN) bill?, when last did you pray for our nation?

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Why is Obasanjo is walking around the streets of Nigeria?

He should be in the grave.

In fact, in 2006 an international NGO recognized Obasanjo for helping Nigeria (was awarded for his humanitarianism) , ahahahahaha. I attend the gala and wanted to melt.

Obasanjo should be dead, assasinated, murdered, stoned to death, buried alive, in kirikiri,

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Please, are you speaking from experience? Are you in denial that there are loads of Nigerians who are very happy living in foreign

lands? As for me, I am very happy where I am, and NO I am not in denial. Nigeria has very little to offer me besides old sentiments.

Someone put up a long list of questions on how to grade living in Nigeria and as he rightfully observed later, no one had bothered

to respond to them point by point. Before you ask me what I have done for Nigeria, please be kind enough to list your own personal

contribution to Nigeria.

Obviously our motherland is our motherland, there is no question about that, but that is all Nigeria is for must of us. It is a failed

country and its future prospects if judged by the quality of leadership it has been able to assemble till date is very bleak to put it

mildly. I am sure there are those who love living in Nigeria out of choice (good for them) and there will be those who have no other

choice but to remain and make the best out of a very hopeless situation. Nigeria will just remain Nigeria, a very promising but a

completely failed nation.

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NIGERIA IS A GREAT COUNTRY,

agreed, this country has a lot of challenges and most times nothing seems to be working. but we must all realize and accept the fact that every country has her challenge. if every runs out of the country, who will repair the "damages" noted.

i think our heart desires should be how to correct these lapses. at least we have all attested to the fact that we some improvement in the country.

WHAT HAVE WE ALL CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS MOVING THE NATION FOWARD[b][/b]

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Nigeria is a great country. The problem is human greed.recovery for the country will begin when we look out for the well being of others rather than our own

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blind faith when there should be nationwide strikes and demonstrations throughout the country to make this country worth living in.

Nigeria no go better

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