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Nigeria: Sultan Advises Atiku to Sheathe His Sword, Accept Defeat.

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Sultan of Sokoto also the spiritual leader of the Nigerian Muslims, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar lll, has urged losers in the presidential poll, including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to accept defeat and embrace peace while hailed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 presidential election in the country.



The Sultan, in a statement signed on his behalf and the Nigerian Muslim community by the Secretary-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI),  Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu in Kaduna, thanked God for a hitch-free election which led to the declaration of Buhari as the winner.

The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in his message said in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser.

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“We are grateful to Allah, the beneficent and exceedingly merciful for the peaceful and successful conduct of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as the subsequent declaration of the winners.

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“Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, delightfully congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari and all other contestants, as well as the Nigerian electorate that conducted themselves peacefully and with high spirit of decorum during and after the elections.

“But in this case, all the contestants are the winners, because Nigerians are now beginning to understand the dynamics of politics and democracy,”  he said.

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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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