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Engineer John talks of Mavis coming to Lagos, explains that this is his chance to 'take advantage of his position'and signs himself just JOHN. The fax has a strange hand-drawn M in a circle on the top.


DEAR MAVIS

PLEASE DO NOT FEE SILLY OR ANGRY AND DON'T BE EMBRARRASED. YOUR REFERENCE TO SOME MAN HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH ME NOW BECAUSE I AM OVERWHELMED BY YOUR HIGH SENSE OF HUMOUR WHICH MAKES EVERY LINE OF YOUR FAX VIBRANT.

IF ALL YOU SAID ABOUT YOURSELF IS TRUE, THEN THER EIS NOTHING WRONG ABOUT YOU, ARE YOU SURPRISED! YOU DIDN'T SAY OUR ROSE, I THOUGHT WE HAD A BLEND OF FAVOURITE COLOURS - BLUES. EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES FOR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS, I AGREE. HENCE IT SUFFICES IF YOU JUST BE YOURSELF AS OPPOSED TO BEING ON YOUR BEST BEHAVIOUR - YOU WILL SUIT ME BETTER BY THAT, I SUPPOSE?

MAVIS, I CAN'T SO EASILY FORGET THE "OGBONO SPICE", YOU CAN BLAME THAT ON RITA. SHE SAYS YOU SHOULD COME AND SEE HOW IT IS PREPARED PRACTICALLY. I THINK THER EIS SOME SENSE IN THAT. YOU CAN SHOW YOUR MUM HOW IT IS PREPARED THEREAFTER, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING THIS TRANSACTION VERY CONFIDENTIAL? IF YOU ARE SO EMOTIONAL ABOUT ME AS YOU HAVE MADE ME BELIEVED, YOU MUST KEEP THE CONFIDENTIALITY. YOU KNOW THIS IS A DEAL. IF IT IS BLOWN UP BEFORE THE TIME, IT WILL NOT ONLY JEAPARDISE MY CAREER BUT ALSO THE TRANSACTION. HENCE EVERYTHING MUST BE TIDY, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, DIRECTORS HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THEIR POSITIONS.

NOW IT IS MY TIME AND I MUST TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT

LIKE YOU SAID, IF YOU WANT TO "PLUCK AN APPLE, YOU MUST BE READY FOR A LEAP". DON'T BE BOTHERED BY THE SLOW PACE, THE QUESTION IS HOW TIDY IT IS. WE MUST MAKE SURE WE DO NOT LEAVE ANY STONE UNTURNED. THE CELEBRATED THINKER, JOHN LEVY SAYS "STRAWS UPON THE SURFACE FOUND, HE WHO SEEKS FOR PEARLS WOULD HAVE TO DIVE BELOW".

THE TRANSACTION THE REGISTRATION OF YOUR COMPANY HAS BEEN COMPLETED. THE STAMP DUTY HAS BEEN PAID MAVIS, EVERYTHING IS NOW OKAY. YOUR CONTRACT CLAIM HAS BEEN APPROVED AND YOUR PAYMENT FILE HAS TODAY BEEN MOVED TO THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE(FMF).

MAVIS, FROM NOW ON, ALL THE FAXES YOU TRANSMIT TO ME MUST BEAR THE SYMBOL DREW WITH PEN AT THE TOP OF THIS FAX. THIS IS TO GUID ETHE TRANSACTION, SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW IT IS COMING FROM ME. IF IT IS NOT COMING FROM ME IT MUST BE DISREGARDED. THERE ARE A CERTAIN SYNDICATE AT THE FMF I AM TOLD, SO WE MUST NOW BE ON THE ALERT; OKAY.

BYE FOR NOW, YOUR FRIEND, JOHN.


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