(CNN)Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari connected Wednesday criticized chap leaders who widen word limits to cling to power, saying this was having a "corrosive" effect, and promised escaped and just elections erstwhile the state elects his successor successful February.
Some of Buhari's African counterparts are among the longest-serving leaders successful the world. President Paul Biya of neighboring Cameroon has held onto powerfulness for astir 4 decades, ranking down Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang who has ruled the tiny Central African state for 43 years.
Buhari, 79, who took bureau aft defeating a sitting president successful elections successful 2015, volition marque mode for a caller person successful what would beryllium different peaceful transportation of power, helping cement Nigeria's antiauthoritarian credentials successful a portion prone to coups.
Nigeria ended decades of subject regularisation successful 1999.
Speaking astatine his past United Nations General Assembly, Buhari said Africa's astir populous federation had invested heavy to guarantee escaped and just elections.
"We judge successful the sanctity of law word limits and we person steadfastly adhered to it successful Nigeria. We person seen the corrosive interaction connected values erstwhile leaders elsewhere question to alteration the rules to enactment connected successful power," said Buhari.
"As President, I person acceptable the extremity that 1 of the enduring legacies I would similar to permission is to entrench a process of free, just and transparent, and credible elections done which Nigerians elite leaders of their choice."
Official predetermination campaigning starts adjacent week and ruling enactment campaigner Bola Tinubu and main absorption emblem bearer Atiku Abubakar are seen arsenic starring contenders.