President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday once again gave an indication that he would be seeking a second term of four years in the coming 2019 general elections.
Speaking in Kano on Thursday, Buhari also appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his administration, promising that things will be better soon.
He stated this at the palace of the emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, apparently in response to the mammoth crowd that gathered to welcome him to the state.
Buhari said the release of the prisoners was part of the government's policy to decongest prisons across the country.
Buhari also recalled how he spent years in court challenging election results.
"I am overwhelmed by the massive turnout of people who left what they were doing to welcome me. The people of Kano are aware of the tremendous jobs we did on security and agriculture", Buhari said.
The President arrived the VIP Wing of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Wednesday morning to commence the working visit.
Following the courtesy call, President Buhari visited the Central Prison, Kurmawa, where he pardoned 500 inmates and made provisions for transport fares to take them back to their places of abode.
He also commended Governor Ganduje for the completion and upgrade of the hospital.
"I am very grateful to God and the people of Kano for the complete trust you have in me", he said.
Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital and Paediatric Hospital, Zoo Road were projects first initiated by Ibrahim Shekarau's administration who governed the state between 2003 and 2011.