Nigeria’s Buhari, in last UN speech, raps leaders who extend term limits

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

Buhari, 79, who took office after defeating a sitting president in 2015 elections, will give way to a new leader in what would be another peaceful transfer of power, and will help bolster Nigeria’s democratic credentials in a region prone for coups.

Nigeria ended decades of military rule in 1999.

At his last United Nations General Assembly, Buhari said Africa’s most populous country has invested heavily to ensure free and fair elections.

“We believe in the sanctity of constitutional terms and we have been steadfast in that in Nigeria. We have seen the corrosive impact on values ​​when leaders elsewhere try to change the rules to stay in power,” Buhari said.

“As president, I have set the goal that one of the lasting legacies I would like to leave behind is to enshrine a process of free, fair and transparent and credible elections where Nigerians elect leaders of their choice.”

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The official election campaign starts next week and the ruling party’s candidate Bola Tinubu and the main opposition flag bearer Atiku Abubakar are seen as main contenders.

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