Thousands welcome Buhari in Kano; President frees prisoners, vows to win next election

President Muhammadu Buhari on his arrival from Jordan after attending the counter Terrorism
President Muhammadu Buhari on his arrival from Jordan after attending the counter Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Kano on Wednesday for a two-day official visit to the state.

Mr. Buhari was received at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, traditional rulers as well as politicians, among others.

A mammoth crowd was also at the airport and along the 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 ultra-modern 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.

Mr. 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 on Wednesday afternoon visited the Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano where he freed 500 prisoners.

Mr. Buhari said while granting the amnesty to the prisoners that 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 the president’s security detail.

Before the visit to the prison, the president visited the Kano emir at his palace.

“I am overwhelmed by the sea of people I see,” Mr. 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, Mr. Buhari said, “I know Kano people are aware of the tremendous job we did on security and agriculture.”

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, Mr. Buhari said, “I did so with a lot of youthful exuberance. And myself I was arrested and detained for years.”


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  • Commissioner for Happiness

    We the people of the jungle of Imo state are calling on our President Buhari, to as a matter of urgency create a Federal Ministry of Happiness and Marital Fulfillment when he does the impending cabinet reshuffle.

    • wode

      lol

    • solidarity

      hahahaha

    • Danladi Mammani

      You almost got me choked on my soft drink whilst reading this, insane leadership culture in Nigeria.

  • Charles

    yes if election is organised in the north today you will win because you are the president of northern Nigeria.

    • solidarity

      supported..u spoke my mind

    • Eluba Inas

      Yes, and northern Nigeria is not part of Nigeria.

    • marcos avelino

      When he visit the SE he said he wants peace there now he is in Kano and he said he wants peace in the north against Boko , so whats the problem with that. Just plain sectarian , tribal hatred

  • FreeNigeria

    freed inmates to replenish his killer squad in herdsmen and Boko Haram.

    • Otile

      He went there to free young Muslim prisoners. Has he ever freed any prisoner from the South including the Yorubaland?

      • August January

        Really a pity you can’t purge yourself of biases on the bases of ethnicity and religion!!!

  • wode

    “A mammoth crowd was also at the airport and along the major streets in the metropolis, giving the president a rousing welcome.”

    That should send some notes of caution/warning to those that may want to spend their money campaigning for any other party or candidate in 2019 election. Whoever that hasn’t lost contact with the reality would realize that many Nigerians still have soft-spot for PMB and his government.

    Although, the government, without doubt, has its own weaknesses, it is by far a major positive shift from the old order. At least, one can still see a glimpse of hope for better future.

    • August January

      Exactly my take. God bless you! God forbid Nigeria goes back to PDP so soon. At least it should experience some “purgatory” first! If Nigeria tried PDP for 16 years before making the final decision to discard it, I feel, and very strongly too, that at least half of that can be given to APC before the final judgment is passed. In short, it will be too early to bring back PDP, otherwise they won’t learn anything from their past misdeeds.

      • marcos avelino

        No we want Denzani , Dasuki , Jonathan and all the different Alibaba gangs of robbers back with a vengence

    • Afo

      From the look of things it appears all those that will contest the presidency with PMB will be welcome with stones in the north as PMB represents all the common people in the north want. Reason why PMB should rectify all the observable misdeeds in his government so as to make the common Nigerians happy

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    Even the devil has supporters. In Nigeria support is based on ethnic and religious affiliation and nothing more. Competence, performance or other standard indices for appraisal and evaluation are completely irrelevant …and this explains why a Buhari will emerge as a President in a country that has the brightest of minds performing wonders in various fields all around the world even in the most advanced of economies. Nigerians are generally regarded and sharp, brilliant and smart people. Those of us who have spent some little time outside Nigeria at one point or the other know this for a fact. Yet, despite the array of almost endless smart people, who in their own right can favorably campaing and compete for American, British, Russian or German leadership were racism not alive and well, what we have are inept below mediocre politicians with no clue of 21st century leadership/governance requirements. No foresight, no strategic plans, no revolutionary manifesto. Nothing different. It is the same attitude to governance in 1960 that we still have today – to budget billions for road and rail construction and enrich the minister in charge and of course the proxy connection thereof. It is brazen s.t.u.p.i.d.i.t.y …and this is obviously not sustainable. The call for RESTRUCTURING must be heeded asap. Nigeria and Nigerians must restructure so that we can refine our political processes and put in structures that will ensure that the best of the best contest the elections from start so that however Nigerians or the emergent regions chose, the BEST will emerge as President. The present minimum requirement that prescribes Secondary School Certificate (which Bushari does not even have) is laughable and not even tenable in a banana republic.

    • marcos avelino

      You said Nigerians are generally regarded and sharp, brilliant and smart people ? how smart ? nonsensical self adulation. Every group thinks of itself in that way

  • ijelejames

    You will not win again Buhari. You are too tribalistic and incompetent. You are very insensitive to the cries of Nigerians. You let fulani herdsmen kill Nigerians without any form of punishment or any attempt to stop them. Many Nigerians supported you initially but you failed. I think you should be getting ready to vacate Aso Rock. You are a complete failure, period.

    • Eluba Inas

      All these ranting to expel your anger is a waste if you cannot provide a credible candidate to defeat him. Life is about perception, what you want to see is what you will see and what you want to hear is what you will hear. Human weakness makes us bias to our perceptions, hearings and views, you need to look at the big picture of before, now and future to make a correct call all the time.

      • ijelejames

        All well and good mr know it all. What is your perception?

        • Eluba Inas

          Opposite what you hold.

    • Peaceometer

      Fulani/herdsman fight started today?

      • ijelejames

        No it did not but it can be controlled or stopped. The fact that it did not start today does not mean it should not be checked. So what is your argument?

        • tundemash

          His argument is since when has the issue of Fulani herdsmen being a determining factor to winning a Presidential election? Are armed robbers and kidnappers not a problem too ?

          • whereto

            Hahahaha …. you must have advised Okorocha at some point!!

          • ijelejames

            Ok. Move to imo state, hug okorocha and continue being happy in the midst of rottenness while I continue to complain about the rottenness. If that makes me sad, so be it.

    • Lasisi Abu

      There’s more to Nigerian election than meet the eye.Jonathan despite the massive rigging in the South-South lost the election because of his fallout with his godfather (whom Dokubo warned him against),established generals January 1st fuel pump price hike & lack of wit to discern the insincerity of his footsoldiers & the anger of the Southwest for relegating them to the background & OBJ & others campaign to world leaders.Buhari was supported as a last resort just to send Jonathan parking. Except such or near such happen,it ‘ all be difficult to defeat a sitting Nigerian president & I wish to state unequivocally that if PDP errs by presenting Atiku Abubakar as their candidate,they have wittingly or unwittingly given General Buhari smooth ride & a landslide victory. Only God can save Nigeria from this recycling Mugabe’s.

    • marcos avelino

      Yes he will vacate it for you

      • ijelejames

        Or he will vacate it for you. Can’t you be president?

    • emmanuel

      Seven Gallant MoPol were killed last week and that was the end of that case. The Satan of Sokoto said it was a well deserved death for the MoPols, same way Buhari said Madam Bridget killed in Kano about two years ago was a provoked death.
      I called these people Vampires during the Presidential election campaign and before swearing in. Have they not been drinking blood?

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        But God has made you deaf and dumb when NA struck and killed scores of Fulani militias yesterday.

        • emmanuel

          If there is a lying and virally bigoted ethnicist in Nigeria, it is you. We don hear. Show us videos.
          This is like when the Airforce wake up after every three weeks with the stories of how they destroyed venues of Boko Haram meeting and killed several commanders, but end up showing video of how their jet pilots climed in and out of such jets, then show how it took off from the run away (old worthless videos)
          Nor be only killed several foolanis, na baptised them. All these cock and Bull stories to decorate satan of Sokoto’s incitments and exonerate him.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Even if I point at you in the mirror,you will still doubt it.

      • Mufu Ola

        When will u show you have education & class? Your outbursts are excessively primitive.

    • tundemash

      And who is that your credible candidate that would defeat him ?

      • ijelejames

        You are the one. Are you not fit to run? Are you an alien?

  • Prosperous Nigeria

    When will this man become the President of Nigeria and not Northern Nigeria? It seems to me his world begins and end in Northern Nigeria. Na wao! Mr. President should be reminded that his electoral victory in 2015 was because Tinubu and his people were able to sell him to all Nigerians as a Pan Nigerianist. I am afraid for him because the consequences of a Buhari defeat in 2019 could be grave. A defeat for an old man of Buhari’s age could be too difficult to swallow.

    • August January

      Liar!!!

    • Peaceometer

      Are you accusing him of visiting Kano state? If you want to run away you can do so! Bhuari by God’s grace till 2023

    • marcos avelino

      Whats there about north here , did he not visit Ebonyi state in Nov ? , primitive sectional tribal herd baboon

      • whereto

        The guys never tire of searching for discrimination with a microscope. It’s a full time job for them.

    • emmanuel

      If he is defeated in 2019, let there be trouble. Is that not better than the unending sorrow tears and blood flowing through Nigeria.
      The Bible say, the thief comes to steal, to kill and destroy.
      From Baru barawo to the killings and destruction of towns and villages; the last of which was in Adamawa not qualify Buhari as the thief (the devil)

  • Otile

    Wonderful, as soon as Imam landed in Birnin Kano he headed straight to the zoo via Zoo Road. This is telling.

    • Malik Isah

      Otile, please respond to me with your education:
      Please respond directly, do you have more than the five states listed above? If you do, mention them. If you dont, then mention which of them has oil and in what quantity. Pls be factual. I am waiting

  • Fire4fire

    God willing,I will be among those who is going to vote you out of power ,Buhari is a failure and failure is buhari name.

  • Mufu Ola

    We already know this man will win 2019 although he needs to get some of acts together.The vote in Kano alone is enough to round up 4 permanent yelling states!U don’t win election by wailing everyday on social media.

    • emmanuel

      Is it won by burning the INEC man and his young family to death? The man who said he would reveal to the World how Kano election was manipulated by Jega? Nature has a way of taking care of such things.
      See how nature has left Babangida to be alive with acute infirmity after Dele Giwa?

      • Malik Isah

        Ntooooo!

    • Yego V

      Which man, Shekau? Sure Buhari has done enough to become president of cattle ranchers. Is it called Myetti ? Congrats

  • Man_Enough

    THE CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED!

  • Yego V

    500 Boko haram brothers granted freedom. Let the killing and abduction continue. sai baba

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