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Buhari returns from UK as Presidency lambasts his attackers

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President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Sunday after a 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom, UK.

The president travelled out of the country on April 25 after a working visit to Borno State where he commissioned some projects by the state government.

He arrived the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 6.33 p.m.

He was welcome at the airport by Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, some ministers, including the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammed Bello and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Also, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, and other presidential aides, were present.

Meanwhile the Presidency has lambasted those behind the news that the president had been advised by his doctor to stay longer abroad.

In a statement issued by the president’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, the Presidency said some organisations and people had been spreading bad news about the Buhari’s UK trip.

The statement reads in part: “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.”