Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria from his 10-day private visit to London, his handlers took to bashing the media over reporting that the President might extend his stay beyond the length he announced to the nation.
Details: President Buhari returned as scheduled and his spokesman, Femi Adesina is gloating over it. Some newspapers (not TheScoop) reported the speculative report and the presidency wants an apology. Adesina 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.”
- “Those who further share and disseminate falsehood are also encouraged to embrace responsible conduct.”
Backstory: President Buhari left the country from Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital, on April 25, for what was simply described as a ‘private visit’ to the U.K. He returned to Nigeria at about 8.30 pm on Sunday and was received by government officials at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The president has been criticized by the media, opposition politicians and social critics for traveling without disclosing details of the visit.
On a lighter but serious note. Read this: Buhari is now in London. This is why the news is worth reporting