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Nigeria Decides 2019: Political parties react to Buhari’s victory.

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The National Chairman of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Mr Shittu Mohammed, has  declared himself less surprised while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his reelection for a second term.



Shittu told the Newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that he saw Buhari’s reelection coming “because Buhari is a man of the people, especially at the grassroots.”INEC declared Buhari re-elected having polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states, to defeat other 72 candidates including Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 11, 255,978 votes and won 17 states and the FCT to occupy the second position.

Shittu expressed satisfaction with the voting and collation process, saying “for us, the election has come and gone and the collation process was well organised“The reelection of Buhari is not a surprise because he is very popular among the lower cadre and those that believe that he was elected to rescue the nation. So he is a very popular man.”

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Shitu advised Buhari to continue with his developmental projects in the country.

He said “my advise is that Nigerians have again given Buhari their mandate, he should use it to develop Nigeria. He should make sure that he improves on his developmental programmes.”

The National Chairman of the United Peoples Congress (UPC), Dr Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, also congratulated Buhari on his re-election, saying his good works worked for him.

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“I am happy about it because in every contest, there must be a winner no matter the process.

“Like it has been said, 15 million votes is consistent with President Buhari, if you follow the 2015 election.”

Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, who commended INEC for job well done, urged Nigerians to see the result as victory for all.

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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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