Kaduna state governor, Nasir Elrufai, has alleged that the Nigerian judiciary system is “corrupt and take sides more with the crooks than the innocents.”
In an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, the Kaduna governor said courts were making it difficult to convict people who stole Kaduna state money.
“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 one 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 El-Rufai also said the next government must remove subsidies, or the country will go bankrupt like Sri Lanka.