- President Muhammadu Buhari, few hours after arriving Kano, freed 500 inmates of the Kurmawa Prison
- The action is said to be part of his administration's resolve to decongest prisons across the country
- Buhari also lamented the level of theft of public funds by those who led the country between 1999 and 2014
It was a moment of joy mixed with tears for 500 inmates of the Kurmawa Prison in Kano state as they received state pardon from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president pardoned the inmates after speaking with them in the presence of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Buhari is on a two-day official visit to the state.
Though details of the process that led to their pardon is still sketchy, the presidency released a video showing Buhari handling the process of their freedom.
It was learnt that the gesture was part of the government's plan to decongest prisons in the country.
Daily Trust reports that at when he visited the Emir of Kano's palace, President Buhari told Muhammadu Sanusi 11 that he had seen a lot since he joined politics in 2003.
“When I was the military head of state, I have arrested many people and jailed them for alleged corruption and in the end I also ended in jail.
“Since I joined politics in 2003, I have contested for president three times but I could not get it right until at the fourth attempt in 20015. I was in court for 30 months challenging the 2007 election and in 2011, I also spent 16 months in court,” he said.
He lamented that between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria made so much money, but that it was unfortunate that nobody has been able to tell where the money had gone.
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“They squandered the money and we still don’t have constant power supply, no good education for our children and we don't have good hospitals and roads,” he lamented.
He commended the Kano emirate council for its contribution to his life.
According to him, whatever he had become in life is as a result of his consultations with the Kano emirate council.
NAIJ.com earlier gave details of President Muhammadu Buhari's arrival at the state.
The president left the Aso Rock Villa Abuja in a helicopter in the morning of Wednesday, December 6, accompanied by top officials of his government.
Ex-prisoner turns advocate for release of former inmates - on NAIJ.com TV