Nigeria’s Buhari, in final UN speech, raps leaders who prolong time period limits

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. (PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP)

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. (PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP)

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised fellow leaders who prolong time period limits to cling to energy, saying this was having a “corrosive” impact, and promised free and truthful elections when the nation elects his successor in February.

Buhari, 79, who took workplace after defeating a sitting president in elections in 2015, will make method for a brand new chief in what could be one other peaceable switch of energy, serving to cement Nigeria’s democratic credentials in a area vulnerable to coups.

Nigeria ended a long time of navy rule in 1999.

Talking at his final United Nations Common Meeting, Buhari mentioned Africa’s most populous nation had invested closely to make sure free and truthful elections.

Buhari mentioned:

We consider within the sanctity of constitutional time period limits and we’ve got steadfastly adhered to it in Nigeria. We’ve seen the corrosive impression on values when leaders elsewhere search to vary the foundations to remain on in energy.

“As President, I’ve set the aim that one of many enduring legacies I want to depart is to entrench a strategy of free, truthful and clear and credible elections by which Nigerians elect leaders of their selection.”

Official election campaigning begins subsequent week and ruling occasion candidate Bola Tinubu and primary opposition flag bearer Atiku Abubakar are seen as main contenders.

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