President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after his 10-day vacation in the United Kingdom.
The president, whose plane touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Sunday evening, was received by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha among others.
In a statement, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, criticized a section of the media who had insinuated that Buhari was on medical vacation and may not return to the country anytime soon.
“Some reckless online media, irresponsible political opposition, and other bilious groups and individuals, had gone on overdrive since the President left the country on April 25, insinuating that he was going for hospitalization, and would not return after 10 days as stated.
“In their vain imaginations, they even stated that fictive doctors have advised President Buhari to stay longer for more intensive care,” Adesina said.
“Now that the President has returned, can these apostles of evil imaginings swallow their words? Can they retract their tendentious stories as well as press statements, and apologize to millions of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora that they have fed with hogwash?
“Few days after the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, we daresay that this valuable freedom does not tantamount to liberty to mislead and hoodwink the populace through concocted and jejune publications.
“The Buhari administration will always respect and uphold press freedom, but the onus lies on those prone to passing off fiction as facts, to remember that freedom demands concomitant responsibility. Those who further share and disseminate falsehood are also encouraged to embrace responsible conduct,” he added.