Nigeria’s judicial system pathetic, sides with crooks – El-Rufai
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Elrufai, has described the Nigerian judiciary system as a “pathetic system” that sides more with the crooks than the innocents.
Mr Elrufai said this during an interview on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV on Wednesday.
He noted that the government of Kaduna State has not been able to convict people that stole state funds because courts are making it difficult to convict people.
“In Kaduna State, the corruption perception is much lower than in other states. We have taken measures. We have made examples of people in public service. We have sacked those that were found to be fiddling with public funds.
We are prosecuting them, we have not convicted anybody because the judicial system is just pathetic—is too slow and in my view often on the side of the crooks rather than on the side of the government or the innocents,” he said.
He added that one of the biggest mistakes Nigeria made was setting up the National Industrial Court. He cited instances where the court freed people accused of corruption.
“One of the biggest mistakes the government made is creating the NIC, which sees its duty as taking sides of the employees and not the employer. It is not always the employer that is wrong,” he said.
Mr Elrufai also said the next government must remove subsidies, or the country will go bankrupt like Sri Lanka.