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President Biden Snubs Buhari In First Calls To African Presidents |The Republican News

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Nigeria’s President Buhari

■Biden snubs Buhari in first calls to Africa

■ The sidestepping of Nigeria is seen as reflective of the country’s declining global appeal.

By Ini Ekott

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first call to an African leader last week, apparently choosing not to speak to Nigeria’s President Buhari, an omission experts say reflects not only America’s diplomatic priorities but Nigeria’s estimation at a time the continent’s largest democracy faces staggering domestic problems.

Mr Biden reached out to Africa Thursday after more than a month in office and a flurry of phone calls to American allies around the world.

He spoke to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, while Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.

Mr Biden had earlier spoken to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in November 2020, days after his election.

The obvious sidestepping of Nigeria, long seen as an influential regional leader, has not gone unnoticed.

“It’s an indication that the United States government doesn’t think too much about our performance as a country right now. It’s as simple as that,” said Jide Osuntokun, professor of History and International Relations at the Osun State-based Redeemer University.

“Many governments outside Nigeria are worried about the future of our country. So it’s an indication that you have to do something or the world will pass you by.”

Many global leaders traditionally view engagements with their American counterparts, either through telephone calls or visits, as a gauge of their countries’ strategic interests with respect to the foreign policies of the world’s most powerful nation. They also pay attention to the timing of those interactions.

Former President Barack Obama called 22 world leaders in four days after his election in 2008, while President Donald Trump called 20 within seven days of his election in 2016, according to CNN data.

Mr Biden telephoned 19 global leaders in six days of his election, and as of Tuesday, had spoken to 17 leaders since taking office on January 20, White House releases compiled by PREMIUM TIMES show. The calls were made to close allies such as the United Kingdom and to those with security concerns such as Iraq and to rivals like Russia.

When Mr Biden delayed contacting America’s closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, the country took notice. Israel’s oldest newspaper, the left wing-leaning Hareetz, warned it was a “wake-up call”, and blamed it on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closeness to Mr Trump, and the alienation of the now ruling Democratic Party.

“The White House said Biden would be calling Netanyahu soon. But even after that happens, Israel will need a lot of time to repair the damage he did to the ties with the Democratic Party,” the paper said in a February 15 editorial.

Mr Biden’s office said it was not a deliberate snub, and Mr Netanyahu argued the U.S. president had not called other Middle East leaders. The two leaders eventually spoke on February 17.

‘Unstable and Insecure’
Like Europe and the Middle East where American engagements have almost always followed a pattern – UK or France or Germany, and Israel first – U.S. leaders have for decades contacted mostly the same select group of few African countries.

Their phone calls or visits have been mostly to Egypt and South Africa. Nigeria, which has received three American presidents (Egypt has received the most – 16), has seen a decline with no American president visiting in 18 years.

President Biden has promised increased engagement with Africa after the halfheartedness of the Trump years. His administration’s early choice is seen by some as reflective of Nigeria’s declining global standing. They worry it may shape future relations with other nations, although others say it is the leadership, not Nigeria, that is on trial.

“If you have a leadership that is not dynamic, that is not global in outlook you will not call such a leader,” said Sheriff Folarin, professor of International Relations at Covenant University. “If I were in President Biden’s shoes, I will not call the president of Nigeria. I won’t call him.”

He said that does not mean “I would not have something to do with Nigeria because Nigeria’s place in Africa can never be under-emphasised.”

In addition to losing its position as a major exporter of crude oil to the U.S., Nigeria has stacked insecurity baggage that afflicts everything from food to foreign investment. The Buhari administration has done little to show leadership, analysts say.

“In the last few years, it’s obvious to us Nigerians that we have been punching below our weight internationally. We cannot secure our own territory not to talk of being able to secure our region,” Professor Osuntokun said.

“With the instability we have in the country, with the insecurity and the unfortunate appearance of our government not willing to do anything about it, many governments outside Nigeria are worried about the future of our country.”

While that happens, relatively smaller African nations appear to be seizing the moment to resolve basic needs like power and critical infrastructure. And they are getting the attention.

Besides President Tshisekedi being the current chairman of the African Union, the DRC remains critical to the U.S. economic interest with its vast mineral resources essential for America’s tech industry. The country attracted more foreign direct investment than Nigeria between 2017 and 2019, retaining a place in the top five destinations in the continent, according to United Nations data.

In her call to Mr Tshikekedi, U.S. Vice President Harris spoke about the two countries exploring “economic opportunity” in their two nations.

In his call to Mr Kenyatta, Mr Biden applauded Kenya’s leadership in the Horn of Africa and emphasised the U.S. commitment to working closely with the country to support regional peace and security. The two leaders also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Mr Osuntokun hopes Nigerian leaders will read the signs and change the direction of the country.

“Some of us are worried about what is going on. The total breakdown of law and order. We can’t travel, even within the country, people are afraid to drive on the highways. And all these things will be communicated to the home governments not only to America but to all the governments that have diplomatic representation here,” he said.

“So it’s an indication to us that if we want to be taken seriously, we have to make sure that our home is secure and stable.”

Mr Sheriff said he was hopeful the country will receive the required attention in future.

“There are many issues Nigeria is contending with at the moment, and you can’t just call Nigeria now and say you want to talk about Africa. Nigeria is distracted right now because of its own internal problems,” he said. (Premium Times)

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Coup Plotters That Caused Civil War That Took Millions Of Lives Were Pardoned, Why Not Bandits —Sheikh Gumi

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi

Renowned northern Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, said if government could pardon coup plotters that committed treasonable felony, there was nothing wrong extending the same gesture to bandits.

The Islamic cleric, while responding to the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday, said there was need to forgive bandits for the country to have peace.

Gumi added, “Even those that instigated civil war, the civil war that millions of people died, were pardoned. I see no reason why we cannot accept their (bandits) repentance and give them amnesty.”

Gumi added that he never betrayed soldiers of Christian faith before the bandits when he visited them.

He noted that he was misunderstood by CAN because the video that went viral about his discussion with the bandits was distorted and the actual message was manipulated.

Gumi said, “You ask why do we give them amnesty but they told us specifically that they are ready to drop their arms and they don’t want to be pursued with legal actions after they repented.

“If the country could pardon coup plotters who committed treasonable offences in the era of military administration, the bandits can as well enjoy similar forgiveness even better under democratic rule.

“These people in the bush, who have taken arms; they are criminals. I wonder who is not a criminal. Since Nigeria forgave coup plotters, forgave those that killed. Even those that instigated civil war; civil war that millions of people died, I see no reason why we cannot accept their repentance.

Since that is the bottleneck and it is only the Federal Government that can give them that leverage. Strangely, we found out that they are victims too. They were victims of profiling. So many of them were arrested and punished just for looking like herdsmen.”

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Presidency Warns Nigerians Calling For Buhari’s Resignation Over Insecurity |The Republican News

President Muhammadu Buhari

By Seun Opejobi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has cautioned those calling for the resignation of the President.

Adesina said those calling for Buhari’s resignation due to the issue of insecurity in Nigeria were only exercising their freedom of speech, but such expression has its limitations.

He spoke on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, while responding to a question on Nigerians asking for Buhari’s resignation.

According to Adesina: “Under a democracy, people have freedom of speech. You have freedom of speech although that freedom also has boundaries.

“There is no freedom that does not have boundaries. The freedom that does not have boundaries will even injure the person who is utilising that freedom.

“So, if anybody says that kind of thing under a democracy, it is allowed but when it is bent on causing chaos, that person may be asked to come and answer certain questions”.

This is coming at a time when the leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele had called on Buhari and every other known politician to resign.

Ayodele had warned that they would soon be on the run.

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Nnamdi Kanu Says ESN Is God-ordained And Cannot Be Handed Over To Governors |The Republican News

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), has rejected calls for the South-East Governors to take over the Eastern Security Network (ESN) he formed.

Kanu who was responding to the call by the founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and leader Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), Ralph Uwazuruike, for ESN to be handed over to the Governors described the suggestion by Uwazuruike as a trap and shame.

Uwazuruike had earlier accused Kanu of inciting ethnic cleansing in the South-East zone and parts of the South-South region.

Addressing the press in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State on March 1, the MASSOB founder and leader, Uwazuruike, said Kanu, the IPOB leader whom he recruited “into the struggle” is brainwashing Igbo youths into taking arms against the Federal Government.

Uwazuruike said he will applaud Kanu if only he can repent. He also urged the South-East Governors’ Forum to take over the Eastern Security Network created by Kanu.

Responding, Kanu in a statement signed by the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, challenged Uwazuruike to create his own security outfit and hand it over to the governors.

Kanu added that ESN is created by God with the heavenly mandate to liberate the Igbos and can’t be handed over to any politician to manage.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been drawn to the shameful statement credited to the hotelier and hostel builder in our society who has been parading himself as the leader of a shameless and disgraceful group called MASSOB /BIM, Chief Ralpheal Elebeanya Uwazuruike, that God-ordained Eastern Security Network, ESN, security outfit established by our liberator Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be handed over to South East Governors to manage.

“How on earth did Uwazuruike think that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should handover the heavenly ordained ESN to the slaves installed by the Caliphate in different Government Houses in Biafraland? His intention of making such stupid suggestion is to turn ESN into another Eastern region version of the heavily politicized and now toothless security outfit formed in other regions. IPOB cannot fall for their trap!

“Uwazuruike is not ashamed of himself by trying to use ESN to cover his atrocities in Biafraland. Uwazuruike was the man who boasted that he had more boys than Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that should he unleash his boys no place would contain them.

“We, therefore, challenge Uwazuruike to form his own security outfit and hand over to the South East and South-South governors. IPOB and its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are capable of managing ESN to pursue its mandate.”

Meanwhile, the youth wing of the Ohanaeze group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has called on security operatives to arrest Sheikh Ahmad Gumi immediately.

This is as the youth wing of the Igbo socio-cultural group alleged that the popular Islamic cleric is providing support for terrorists troubling Nigeria and deserves to be arrested with them.

The OYC in its submission also condemned the statement credited to Gumi in a recent interview with BBC pidgin, where he was reported to have compared late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu with the bandits.

However, angered by the comparison, the OYC in a statement by its President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said Gumi should have been arrested for making such an inciting statement.

Nnabuike warned that contrary to what he claims as a negotiator and peacemaker, Gumi is one of the persons responsible for the rising insecurity in Nigeria and the boldness of the bandits and other criminals in carrying out their wicked activities.

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EFCC Goes Deeper Into Tinubu’s Probe, Asks For Asset Declaration Form From CCB |The Republican News

Bola Ahmed Tinubu


By Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has deepened its probe into All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, The PUNCH has learnt.

To this end, the EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau, requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form.

A copy of the letter which was published by online news medium, The Peoples Gazette, revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The letter marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020 was signed by the then Lagos zonal head, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is now the Chairman of the EFCC.

The letter read in part, “In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish the commission with the outstanding requested information of Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.

“This request is made pursuant to Section 38(1) and (2) of the EFCC Act 2004.”

Attempts to speak with the EFCC Spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, proved abortive as he did not respond to calls.

However, a senior EFCC official confirmed the authenticity of the letter, adding that it was part of a wider probe.

The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said the probe was sequel to some petitions written against Tinubu since 2018 which Magu had failed to act on.

The source said, “The letter is authentic. The EFCC is in receipt of several petitions against Tinubu, including one involving alleged fraud in Alpha Beta Consulting.”

A former Managing Director of Alpha Beta Consulting, Mr. Dapo Apara, had written petitions to the EFCC, accusing the firm of tax evasion and being run by Tinubu albeit by proxy.

Apara had also instituted a lawsuit against Tinubu.

In his statement of claim, he stated that Tinubu controlled the company which was receiving 10 per cent of the taxes collected on behalf of the state.

The former MD said as the head of the company, he began looking into its finances and he made many startling discoveries such as mysterious transfers of over N20bn to various companies.

He stated, “N550m payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 15/5/18, N850m payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 14/3/15.”

The claimant said N960m was spent on purchasing HITV’s 300,000,000 shares.

However, Alpha Beta Tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta LLP, denied allegations levelled against it by Apara, adding that he had diverted about $5m during his time as managing director by inflating a contract which was worth about $300,000 and then diverted a separate N6bn to personal use. (Punch)

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BREAKING: Buhari Orders Immediate Halt To Mining In Zamfara, Reads Riot Acts To Bandits, Kidnappers, Others, Those Behind Them [Video]

Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari gives order to armed forces and paramilitary forces plus the national intelligence departments deal with non-state actors causing trouble in Nigeria.

Also, he ordered for immediate halt to mining in Zamfara and orders the military to implement this order with full force and establish no-fly zone in Zamfara mining areas.

Buhari claimed that from Intelligence gathered that they know certain individuals who are making a fortune from the kidnapping in the country and they should be brought to book.

The president ordered the state security apparatuses to use the intelligence so far gathered on some people of interests to bring them in for prosecution.

After reading and listening to this video, if you do not get angry with this leadership, which had so much intelligence on all issues but refused to act on them but allow things to deteriorate this much, then something is not right.

How could a leader wait so long to act on such cases of insecurity that was capable of causing civil war and breaking the country into fragments?

Such is a clear case of dereliction and one would ask, was the president really seriously waiting for things to get worse before he could muster the courage to act?

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Hand Over Eastern Security Network To S’East Governors, Uwazuruike Tells Nnamdi Kanu |The Republican News

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Chief Ralph Uwazuruike

Ralph Uwazurike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has warned that Igbos cannot afford another war.

Uwazurike spoke at a press conference in Owerri, Imo State capital on Monday.

He also cautioned leader of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against inciting Igbo youths against the nation’s security agencies.

Uwazurike warned the South-East to shun Kanu’s agitation, NAN reports.

He described the IPOB leader as a “nobody, who only wants to put them in harm’s way”.

“Those agitating for war know they can’t defeat Nigeria but they want to enrich themselves, so they have continued to deceive our youth.

“Igbo’s cannot afford to go to another war with Nigeria and at no point should they be incited into hostilities with the rest of Nigeria.

“Mobilising youths against their leaders and constituted authority is what we should guard against because we cannot defeat Nigeria,” Uwazurike said.

The MASSOB leader advised the governors to take over the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to ensure the outfit was not deployed for mischievous purposes.

Uwazurike suggested that the network be trained and equipped and made to work in synergy with the police and other security agencies. (Source: Punch)

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Biden’s Most Radical Bill: Equality Act Abolishes Biological Sexes |The Republican News

United States President, Joe Biden

By Jeffrey Kuhner



Joe Biden and the Democrats are poised to pass the most radical piece of legislation in history. That’s right: The most sweeping, transformative and radical law in human history is on the brink of being enacted—unless the American people stand up and demand it be defeated.

On Friday, Biden demanded that Congress “swiftly pass” the Equality Act, also known as H.R. 5, which would obliterate the legal recognition of biological sexes. The very concept of male and female, man and woman, would be abolished and declared “discriminatory” and “oppressive” under this bill. It is not just a fundamental assault on reality, but human nature itself.

The Equality Act does more than designate the “LGBTQ+” community as a “protected class,” shielding them from discrimination in housing and employment. Rather, its goal is totalitarian: To impose transgender ideology upon American life, society and culture, opening a Pandora’s Box that will have devastating consequences. It is a hammer that will be used to persecute other groups—especially, women and girls. Call it Biden’s “War on Women.”

The bill would enable any man or boy who “identifies as female” to go into any women’s restroom, locker room, showering facilities or compete on a women’s sports team (including elementary, high school, college and professional athletics). It eviscerates Title IX, even enabling transgendered men to claim scholarships and federal funding set aside for female student athletes. Women’s sports will be destroyed as stronger, faster and more muscular men, identifying as “female,” will be allowed to compete.

More ominously, it will be legal for transgendered men to disrobe and expose themselves naked in women’s showers, locker rooms and gym restrooms. It violates and undermines the equality, safety and privacy of women and girls everywhere. Which begs the question: Where are the feminists?

In fact, this legislative monstrosity—in the name of “equality”—privileges men who claim to be female over everyone else, trampling on women’s rights, parental rights, free speech, religious freedom and the rights of medical experts and professionals. For example, under H.R. 5, it would be illegal and criminal for parents to refuse their 8-year-old child if he or she wants to take puberty blockers or begin hormone replacement therapy. This would be considered “transphobic bigotry,” potentially resulting in the parents losing custody of their child or suffering some other form of punishment.

Doctors and medical experts who oppose or disagree with having children take puberty blockers or undergo hormone therapy, because of its severe (and possibly permanent) emotional, psychological and physical consequences, would lose their licenses to practice medicine. Hence, medical experts would have to choose: violate the Hippocratic Oath (and their moral conscience) and obey the dictates of this insane law or have their careers destroyed.

Moreover, the Equality Act would turn Pope Francis into a criminal, the equivalent of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who wishes to uphold the Jim Crow segregationist system. The bill specifically exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, thereby allowing the federal government to sanction and punish any religious institution, faith-based group or church that believes in basic biology and biblical teachings on sex and marriage.

Every major religion—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism—under this bill would be engaging in “discrimination” and “oppression” against the transgender community. Why? Because they champion the belief that the differences between men and women are real, that the male and female sexes are rooted in biological reality and grounded in God’s natural design for humanity. This is the very opposite of “transhumanism” or transgender ideology, which argues that gender or biological sex is a “social construct,” and not real; rather, they are a tool of social oppression and human repression that must be dismantled. The Equality Act codifies transgender ideology, which is a form of cultural Marxism.

“Trans rights are human rights,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, when asked about Biden’s radical push for transgender “civil rights.” She has it the other way around: women’s rights are human rights; parental rights are human rights; religious rights are human rights; and free speech rights are human rights.

The Democrats want to subsume everyone else’s rights to those of the LGBT community. This is progressive authoritarianism. It is a war against the family, reality, Christianity, the Bible, Western civilization and ultimately, God.

It is also profoundly anti-science. Human anatomy is defined by the differences in the two sexes. Females have two X chromosomes (XX), while males have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome (XY). The entire animal kingdom is also divided between the male and female sexes. In short, the Equality Act—and by extension, transgenderism—seeks to subvert and overturn the most basic truth of society: God created both man and woman. Even the communists—Lenin, Stalin, Mao—and the fascists—Hitler, Mussolini—never sought to eradicate the biological sexes. This is how insane (and deranged) liberals have become.

Biden claims to be a Catholic. It is high time the Catholic Church broke its silence. She must speak out against this totalitarian assault on American society before it’s too late. And if necessary the Church should deliver a public ultimatum to Biden: withdraw your support or face excommunication. Mortal enemies will no longer be tolerated 

(-Jeffrey T. Kuhner is host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. His daily show airs 6:00-10:00 am EST. He can be reached at: JeffreyKuhner@iheartmedia.com)

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Prophet Odumeje Prophesies Doom For Nigeria Under Buhari |The Republican News

Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere “Indaboski”

Truetells Nigeria reports that Prophet Odumeje whose real name is Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, a controversial Anambra based prophet, who is the Spiritual Director of Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministry World Miracle Center, alias Land of Freedom, says in the new prophecy that “a serious battle is coming” to Nigeria.

Prophet Odumeje, who has suddenly moved from the “most hated” to the “most liked” pastor on social media with Nigerians making various videos with his nicknames: “The Lion, Indaboski or Liquid Metal” , released the new prophecy about Nigeria in a video published by his church YouTube page, HolyGhost Intervention TV.

In over five minutes video seen by NewsOnline Nigeria, Prophet Odumeje said: “Nigeria, your problem is because you don’t listen to the prophets,” Odumeje said.
“That is your problem.

“A nation cannot stand without a prophet.

“And you joke with the words of the prophets.

“And that is what spoils a nation.

“I have never joked in my life.

“I smile, but my smiling is too dangerous.

“And no one speaks against me go free.

“I don’t fight you. I will never talk to you – no matter how you insulted me [sic].

“Why? Because I’m a dead man.

“Let us do the right thing. If not, there will never be peace.”

Prophet Odumeje continued, “I’m seeing where nobody go to Lagos, nobody go to North side [sic], nobody come to East.

“I saw everywhere. And people is on their own. Soldiers everywhere.

“And that is not a development [sic].

“A serious battle is coming.

“I don’t speaks anyhow [sic], until God tell me to start to speak.

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“Jangebe Abduction Will Be The Last” —Buhari Assures Nigerians |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari

By Honest Micah

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that last Friday’ abduction of female students from Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be the last to happen.

The president’s statement was relayed today, through Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who led a high-powered federal government delegation to sympathise with the people and government of Zamfara.

He said new measures had been developed by the federal government which would bring complete end to all forms of criminality in the nation.

“The President is saddened by the abduction of the students from Jangebe and reassures you that the government has all the resources and wherewithal to contain these criminals.

“Buhari also commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara’s efforts against armed banditry and promised a continued support to bringing lasting peace.

“The federal government will continue its partnership with Zamfara government and its citizens in resolving the security challenges facing the state,” Buhari said.

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