*President frees prisoners, vows to win 2019 election


PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari
arrived Kano yesterday for a two-day
official visit.
Buhari was received at the Malam
Aminu Kano International Airport by
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, members
of the State Executive Council, the
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II,
traditional rulers, as well as politicians,
among others.
A mammoth crowd was also at the
airport and along major streets in the
metropolis, giving the president a
rousing welcome.
The president is expected to
inaugurate a number of projects
executed by the Ganduje administration
during the visit.
Among the projects are the ultramodern
Specialist Hospital, Giginyu,
named after him; a paediatric hospital
located on Zoo Road, Kano; and
the underpass bridge at Madobi/
Panshekara Junction.
On the second day, the president will
inspect a rice mill, Fullmark Rice Mill
Company at Kwanar Gunduwawa, and
Gezawa Oil Mill, the largest oil mill in
Africa at Tokarawa Industrial Estate
both on Hadeja Road.
Buhari is also expected to meet with
Ulamas and hold an interactive session
with community leaders and politicians
before returning to Abuja.
As part of his visit, the president,
yesterday afternoon, visited the

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Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano
where he freed 500 prisoners.
While granting amnesty to the
prisoners, the president said it
was part of his general prison
decongestion exercise in the country
and to allow those inmates with
minor cases who have stayed long in
prison to go home.
Scores of journalists covering the
president’s visit were prevented
from having access to the prison by
his security detail

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Before the visit to the prison, the
president had visited the emir of
Kano at his palace.
“I am overwhelmed by the sea
of people I see,” Buhari said of
the mammoth crowd that came to
welcome him. And by what I see today,
if elections are contested I will no doubt
win it.”
Speaking further, the president said
“I know Kano people are aware of the
tremendous job we did on security and
He said he was at the emir’s palace
because the emirate council has been
playing tremendous roles in his
government’s success.
He explained that the stability of
the north and Nigeria is paramount
and he is determined to make Nigeria
a peaceful country.
Speaking on his actions while he
was military head of state, Buhari
said, “I did so with a lot of youthful
exuberance, I was arrested and
detained for years.”

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