Nigerian general election 2019

Election officials 'raped' in Nigeria

Nigeria’s electoral commission (Inec) has said that its officials were subjected to "threats, harassment, intimidation, assault, abduction and even rape" during last week’s presidential election.

The commission said it “decried the high level of violence in a few places" but did not provide any further details in its statement about the conduct of the polls.

Inec did say things were "generally peaceful", but said it was concerned about the violence which led to some fatalities and in some cases stopped the vote taking place.

It was also critical of the behaviour of some security personnel saying: "The conduct of certain members of the security agencies in some sites is a matter of serious concern to the commission."

Again, the statement did not give any more details.

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Buhari declared 'king of the north' in Game of Thrones meme

Yemisi Adegoke

BBC Africa

After it was announced that Muhammadu Buhari had been re-elected as president of Nigeria, WhatsApp groups have been buzzing with this picture of him as the "King of the North":

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The reference is both to the TV series Game of Thrones, which followed a fight for the throne of the north, and also that Mr Buhari who did very well with voters in the north of Nigeria.

Mr Buhari swept the north of Nigeria in the election, while his closest contender Atiku Abubakar did better in the south and east.

Mr Buhari and Mr Atiku are both from the north, which meant observers were watching closely to see how the north voted.

People on social media have been adding their own commentary:

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For those of you who are not fans of the fantasy drama series, Buhari Snow is a reference to Jon Snow, a king of the north in Game of Thrones. At least, that was when the north was a separate kingdom, before the Targaryen dynasty united all of the kingdoms to form the Seven Kingdoms.

This tweeter is also using the hashtag #AtikuMakeThatCall which is trending in Nigeria.

This hashtag is being used by people to urge Mr Abubakar to call Mr Buhari and admit defeat, as then President Goodluck Jonathan did when Mr Buhari was first elected, in 2015.

Mr Abubakar has rejected the election result, and explained why he hasn't made that call to Mr Buhari in a statement earlier today:

"If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South," he said.

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari supporters celebrate in Abuja
Supporters of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his re-election in Abuja.