President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after a 10-day trip to the United Kingdom on a private visit.
The president arrived on Sunday, May 5 evening.
The presidency confirmed the president's arrival in a brief statement by Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina.
The media aide to President Buhari however had harsh words for those who had been peddling rumours about the trip.
The statement read: "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?"
Presidency wondered why some people would intentionally try to mislead the public through publishing of untruths.
"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."
Presidency says the Buhari administration would however continue to maintain its respect for the media but urges those who spread lies to desist from such actions.
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"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."
Legit.ng had reported earlier that President Buhari's plane departed London's Standsted Airport at about 12.20pm.
The president arrived late on Sunday, May 5 just hours after the report.
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