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Prominent Nigerians to Buhari: Don't run again

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool / Getty Images

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to step down after his first term ends next year by two predecessors, prominent religious leaders and newspaper editorial boards over his health and failure to usher in the economic, social development and anti-corruption reforms he had promised, per The New York Times.

The backdrop: Last month's kidnapping of 110 girls from their boarding school by Boko Haram extremists, reviving memories of the mass abduction of more than 200 girls from Chibok in 2014, has triggered more outrage and doubts against Buhari, The Times reports. He has not said whether he will seek another term, and the secretary to the federal government told The Times that "Buhari has already transformed and changed the image of leadership and that of our leaders in this country, both locally and internationally."