Inibehe Effiong, legal practitioner.

Inibehe Effiong, a human rights lawyer, says he will not listen to the new year broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled for Friday morning.

The presidency had earlier released a statement informing the citizens of the president’s wish to address them when the new year starts.

For Mr Effiong, his decision is hinged on his resolve not to trade-off his mental health. He said listening to the Nigerian leader leads to depression.

He predicted that nothing meaningful will come out from the scheduled broadcast and advised some presidential aides to listen to their principal’s speech which he described as lame even when the broadcast is yet to be aired.

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“Listening to Buhari’s new year speech will amount to starting the year with depression. I’m not ready to compromise my mental health in 2021,” Effiong said Thursday evening.

“I bet that Buhari will not say anything meaningful or of consequence. Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina and others can listen to his lame speech,” the lawyer wrote on Facebook.

Some Nigerians share same sentiment as the legal practitioner mostly due to increasing insecurity bedeviling all parts of the country. Several calls for the rejig of the security architecture have always fell on deaf ears even when the Nigerian Senate has also suggested so thrice.

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