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Presidency Slams Critics As Buhari Returns From Private UK Visit



The presidency on Sunday damned critics including opposition and the media after Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja after his 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom.

Special Adviser to the president on media, Femi Adesina in a statement Sunday evening bemoaned what he described as the overdrive of the critics and insinuations that the president was hospitalized and would extend the 10 day visit to the UK.

He said: “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,” the statement said.

In the president’s absence the state of insecurity in the country heightened with bandit attacks spreading even to the president’s home state, Katsina where the Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Uba, the father in law of his ADC was kidnapped.

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