#UNGA77: I will leave legacy of free-and-fair elections, Buhari says as he bids farewell to world leaders

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to leave a legacy of free-and-fair elections as his eight-year tenure comes to an end in May 2023.

The President made this known on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in his last address before world leaders at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States.

“Indeed, we now are preparing for general elections in Nigeria next February. At the 78th UNGA, there will be a new face at this podium speaking for Nigeria.

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“Ours is a vast country strengthened by its diversity and its common values of hard work, enduring faith and a sense of community. We have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections. I thank our partners for all the support that the have provided for our elections.

“As President, I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I will like to leave is to entrench a process of free, fair and transparent credible elections through which Nigerians elect their choice,” Buhari said.

The President, who reiterated his commitment to constitutional limit, said Nigeria has stood for democracy and the rule of law as a country and in the sub-region in countries such as The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and the Republic of Chad.

Recall, the president departed Abuja on Sunday, September 18, 2022, to participate in the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77).

The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday, September 13 is: “A watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.

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Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include; the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, climate action, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and a special Transforming Education Summit.

The President is expected back in the country on Monday, September 26, 2022.

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