President Muhammadu Buhari says the mammoth crowd that welcomed him to Kano has convinced him that he still is loved by the electorate enough to win the 2019 election.
“I am overwhelmed by the sea of people I see,” Buhari said at the palace of Emir of Kano.
“I know Kano people are aware of the tremendous job we did on security and agriculture. And by what I see today, if elections are contested I will no doubt win it.”
The President was earlier received at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport by Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of the state; Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, members of the State Executive Council, traditional rulers and politicians.
Buhari arrived Kano on Wednesday for a two-day official visit to the state.
He said he was at the Emir’s palace because the emirate council had been playing tremendous roles in his government’s success.
He explained that the stability of the North and the country is paramount, and restated his determination to make the country peaceful.
“If there is peace and stability in the North, there will be peace and stability in the whole country and if there is problem in the region it will affect the entire country,” Buhari said.
Meanwhile, the President pardoned 500 inmates in Kano and donated undisclosed cash to them to start businesses, according to Daily Trust.
The gesture was part of his efforts to decongest prisons across the country.
During the visit, the President is expected to inaugurate a number of projects executed by the Ganduje administration.