In compliance with the Presidential order, from President Muhammadu Buhari, for governors to see to the de-congestion of prisons across the country, the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has effected the release of 2,517 prison inmates in the last three years.
The total number of 2,200 inmates were earlier before this Sallah period released in batches, while for the celebration of Sallah festivity he also secured the release of another 317, from across prisons in the state. Which he symbolically witnessed the release of some from the Kano Central Prison, Kurmawa and Goron Dutse Prison.
During the event governor Ganduje said he visited the inmates in his effort to, during festivity period, visit those that needed attention, "...you are part of the people who need our attention at this time and all other times," he said.
While calling on the inmates to change their attitudes in life, he urged them to always help Buhari with prayers for a divine protection from The Creator against those that wanted to see him (Buhari) down.
"I urge you to pray for our dear President Muhammadu Buhari for a total protection from Allah, so that he can survive all tricks and manoeuvres perpetrated by those who engage in destroying our nation through their corrupt practices," he stated.
Reminding that, "President Muhammadu Buhari has since directed all governors to help in de-congesting our prisons across the country. What we are doing is in compliance with that order given to us."
He added that he was sure that Buhari gave such order because he believes that his call for 'change begins with me' plays significant role for all sections of the citizens, even amongst the inmates.
An inmate in Goron Dutse prison who recited some verses from the Holy Qur'an, as an opening prayer, was promised by the Governor that his case would be looked at by the Committee set for the release of inmates whether his case could fulfil all criterias for such release. "If you fulfil the criteria then you will surely be released and government will offer you employment," he promised.
"Among those inmates that are on death row some of their sentences are reviewed to be life imprisonment," he reveals.
Earlier the Controller of Prison, Kano, Magaji Abdullahi, in his remarks commends Ganduje for being the first governor in Nigeria who took the sitting President to prison for inspection with the view to assessing conditions of the facilities.
"Your Excellency sir we are proud to say that you are the first governor in this country, whose zeal for prison reform made him to take Mr President on a tour to our prison for Mr President to see for himself the sorry condition of our prisons. This has helped in some tremendous renovations and face lift for these facilities across the country. We are glad for what you initiated," he reveals.
Abdullahi said since Buhari's visit, they started seeing improvement in Nigerian prisons. Emphasising that, "We have already started seeing construction of new prisons and renovation across the country. For example our new Janguza modern prison, that which is about 60 percent completion is there with all state of the art facilities."
Ganduje earlier visited Remand Home and preached for the uder-age inmates to always be of good behaviour so that they could contribute for the development of their families first and the society at large. He assured them that their education would be looked at.
Anwar is the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State.