Kano and Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he will still win an election in Kano State because of the overwhelming reception he got at the start of his two-day visit.
President Buhari first gave an indication that he would contest the 2019 presidential election when he met with the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, last week.
The president spoke when he paid homage to the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II in his palace.
"I am overwhelmed by the massive turnout of people who left what they were doing to welcome me".
Buhari said the amnesty was part of federal government's effort to decongest prisons in the country and urged the beneficiaries of the gesture to be of good behaviour and shun anything that could bring them back to the prison in future.
He congratulated Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for working very hard to improve the living standard of the people of the state through execution of projects that had direct bearing on them.
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President Buhari also yesterday pardoned 500 inmates in Kano and donated undisclosed cash to them to start businesses.
Others who received the President include Aliko Dangote, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, President of Azman Air, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Sarina.
The "commissioning" of the release of the prisoners took place at the Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano.
He also commended Governor Ganduje for the completion and upgrade of the hospital.
The governor then named the hospital as Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital.
"The support has been consistent, so I don't have words to express my appreciation to the people of Kano state".