Buhari returns to Abuja after 10-day private visit to London

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Ime Akpan

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to Abuja on Sunday after a 10-day private visit to London.

The president’s aircraft arrived at the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja around 6:24 p.m.

His return was confirmed on Twitter by his special assistant on new media, Mr. Bashir Ahmaad.

“President Muhammadu Buhari returns to Abuja after a private visit to the United Kingdom,” he tweeted.

Later in a statement, spokesman for the president, Mr. Femi Adesina, called on those he described as “apostles of evil imaginings” who made insinuations while the president was away to “retract their tendentious stories as well as press statements, and apologize to millions of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora.”

“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.”

“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,” he said.

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