BUHARI RETURNS: Apologize to Nigerians Adesina Tells Mischief Makers, Says Press Freedom not a license for Speculation
The special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammdu Buhari Mr. Femi Adeshina has asked mischief makers and those peddling fake news about the health status of his Boss President Buhari to Apologise to Nigerians for their misleading conjecture about the recent 10 days visit of the president to London which many describe as a medical visit.
Mr. Adeshina in a statement to announce the arrival of the president Sunday evening 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?”
The former Managing Director of Sun Newspaper why emphasising the need for the media to avoid sensational reporting said ” 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.”
it will be recalled that a popular online medium Sahara Reporters had speculated late last week that there were indications that the President might extend his vacation to London due to health challenges.
The President’s return Sunday evening puts to an end speculations about his extended visit to London.