2019 Elections: Catholics Send Message To Buhari, Others
File: Catholic Bishops and President Muhammadu Buhari

Catholic leaders have urged President Muhammadu Buhari and other winners in Nigeria’s 2019 general election to extend their hands of fellowship to their competitors.

Chairman of the Catholic Directors of Communication, Rev. Sister Josephine Odorwike, and Secretary of the body, Rev. Fr Benjamin Achi, made the call on Friday in Makurdi.

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”We call on all who have come out victoriously after the elections to be magnanimous in victory by embracing their competitors from the other political divides and together fashion out policies that will contribute to the growth of our nation,” they said in a communique.

”We equally call on those who have lost this time to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship and join hands with the government to work for the good of our nation.”

Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on 27 February declared Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the election.

After the collation of results from Nigeria’s 36 states and the country’s capital, INEC declared that Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his main rival, Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar, who got 11,262,978 votes.

But Atiku has since rejected the outcome of the election, claiming that the results were manipulated by INEC to favour Buhari.