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JIBWIS has urged President Buhari, Atiku Abubakar to accept the outcome of the election.

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and his challenger from the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, have both been urged by election observers of the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith.

The coordinator of the observers, Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu, made the plea on Monday, February 25, in Kaduna when reading out the interim report on the elections to journalists.Arrigasiyyu, who urged other candidates to also accept the outcome of the elections in the interest of peace and unity, said the presidential and National Assembly elections were conducted peacefully in most states, including Abuja.



He however complained that some states including in Abia, Delta, Rivers, Kogi, Anambra and Lagos states recorded electoral violence.

“Our appeal on behalf of our leader, Shaikh Bala Lau is to advise all the presidential candidates from the major parties and others to accept the outcome of the result in good faith,” Arrigasiyyu said.

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Whoever loses should extend the hand of friendship to the other in the interest of brotherhood and peace.

There is always another time for the candidate that loses in future.” Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has rejected what it called the purported victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general elections, claiming the results in parts of the country do not reflect the true aspirations of Nigerians.

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The group in a statement on Monday evening, February 25, faulted the 2019 general elections as a complete departure from the electoral gains made in 2015.

Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the coalition, accused the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, of collaborating with the current administration to rob the Nigerian people of their will while lying to the international community.

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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