*Demands apology from purveyors of fake news
By Chesa Chesa
President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja from London, United Kingdom, after on Sunday night after a 10-day ‘private visit’, according to the Presidency.
His plane touched down at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 6:24 pm, putting paid to some media reports that the President could extend his stay in London.
To celebrate the return, senior presidential adviser, Femi Adesina, issued a statement describing the reports as reckless, and urged the purveyors to swallow their words and apologise to Nigerians.
According to Adesina: “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.
“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.”