Presidency replies oppositions on Buhari’s return.
Says it will always respect and uphold press freedom.
The Presidency on Sunday tells the opposition to swallow their words on the state of health of President Muhamadu Buhari.
The statement is indirectly referring to the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic (PDP), haven criticised the president’s trip to the United Kingdom in a world press conference.
Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman had at the conference lambasted the President Buhari administration, saying there is no indication that the country has a substantive Commander-in-Chief.
While bemoaning what he called worsening security situation in the country following an increasing spate of killings in some parts of the country at the press conference entitled “Do we still have a government?” at its Presidential Campaign Headquarters, Abuja, Secondus said had President Buhari’s handling of the nation’s affairs has fetched the nation more harm than good.
iDONSABI reports that the president returned to Abuja, after a 10-day private visit to the UK.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement also lambasted some online media which he described as irresponsible and political opposition, and other bilious groups and individuals, he said 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?,” he asked.
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Adesina also pointed that freedom of expression does not tantamount to liberty to mislead and hoodwink the populace through concocted and jejune publications adding that the ruling government will respect and uphold press freedom.
“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.”