Kaduna State Governor Nasir Elrufai has described the Nigerian judicial system as a “pathetic system” that sides more with thieves than innocents.

Elrufai had this to say during an interview on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV on Wednesday.

He noted that the Kaduna state government has not been able to convict people who stole state funds because the courts make it difficult to convict people.

“In Kaduna state, the perception of corruption is much lower than in other states. We have taken action. We have made examples of people in public service. We have fired those who were manipulating public funds.

“We’re prosecuting them, we haven’t convicted anyone because the court system is just pathetic, it’s too slow and, in my opinion, it’s often on the side of the crooks instead of the government or the innocent,” he said.

He added that one of the biggest mistakes Nigeria made was the creation of the National Industrial Tribunal. He cited cases in which the court released people accused of corruption.

“One of the biggest mistakes the government made is creating the NIC, which sees it as its duty to take sides with the employees and not with the employer. It’s not always the employer that’s wrong,” he said.

Elrufai also said that the next government must remove the subsidies, or the country will go bankrupt like Sri Lanka.