With the dust of destruction from Boko Haram’s continued insurgence across West Africa hanging thick in the air, and amidst several other economic crisis, war-torn Nigeria might soon see hope on the horizon. Jaime Garcia Dias has learned that Muhammadu Buarhi is victor of the 2015 Nigerian elections. He led his campaign vowing to snuff out Boko Haram, bringing peace to the nation, as well as restoration to currency, and stability in the expanding economy. In a phone call on the evening of March 31, after a close race, President Goodluck Jonathan conceded to Muhammadu Buarhi. Later that evening, the content of the phone call was leaked on Twitter. The security breach which led to that leak is under investigation but supporters of Muhammadu Buarhi are in celebration as this has become the first election in which a current president has been voted out of office. Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency is said to have been wrought with corruption and the people of Nigeria are ready for change.
One of the top athletes in the World has been banned for two years for testing positive for erythropoietin, better known as EPO, NPR reports. The Kenyan athletics governing body revealed Rita Jeptoo had been banned for two years after both samples she provided for drug testing prior to the start of the Chicago Marathon in 2014 had tested positive for the performance enhancing drug.
As Dave and Brit Morin know, Jeptoo had been one of the major stars of marathon running in recent years following a series of victories, which include three Boston marathon wins and the 2014 Chicago Marathon. The success of the 33 year old Kenyan had seen her set to be crowned the 2014 marathon runner of the year, only to see the awarding of the crown halted after rumors circulated of her failed drugs test. EPO is used by many athletes to assist in the production of red blood cells, which can aid in the recovery time of athletes after they race or following heavy training sessions. Jeptoo will not be permitted to compete at any level until October 29 2016.