Nigeria’s Buhari, in last UN speech, slams ‘corrosive impact’ of leaders who cling to power | CNN

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticized fellow leaders who cling to power to extend term limits, saying it was having a “corrosive” effect, and when the country elects his successor in February. If so, he promised free and fair elections.


Some of the African counterparts of Buhari are among them longest serving leader in the world. Neighboring Cameroon’s President Paul Biya held power for nearly four decades, ranking behind Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled the small Central African country for 43 years.

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Buhari, 79, who took office after defeating an incumbent president in elections in 2015, will make way for a new leader in a more peaceful transfer of power, helping to bolster Nigeria’s democratic credentials in a coup-prone region. Will get

Nigeria ended decades of military rule in 1999.

Speaking at his last UN General Assembly, Buhari said that Africa’s most populous country had invested heavily to ensure free and fair elections.

“We believe in the sanctity of constitutional term limits and we have firmly adhered to this in Nigeria. We have seen the corrosive effect on values ​​when leaders elsewhere seek to change the rules to remain in power,” Buhari said.

“As President, I have set the goal that one lasting legacy I want to leave is to enter a process of free, fair and transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians elect leaders of their choice. ”

Official campaigning begins next week and ruling party candidate Bola Tinbu and main opposition flag bearer Atiku Abubakar are seen as prime contenders.

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