Buhari: Public Officials Must Be Held Accountable For Actions

BUHARI_3373847bPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday gave his support to the recent sting operation by operatives of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) targeting suspected corrupt judges across the country, saying public officials must he held accountable for their actions.

The president said the courts remained public resource, hence, the need for judges to be held accountable.

Buhari made this known at the opening ceremony of the 46th conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in Abuja yesterday.

The president, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, also complained about the slow pace of deciding judicial matters in Nigeria.

“If you look at the environment, sometimes, the administration of justice, processing cases is so slow. A lot of people in the local and international business community complain that we can’t resolve a case within a reasonable time, it goes on and on, and the problem with that is that it slows business and discourages investments because you can hold up major decisions because the court has not made a pronouncement”, he said.

President Buhari also charged ICAN members, who most often are charged with public finances, to raise their accountability level a lot more to ensure increased performance.

“Part of the reasons why things are not working well in Nigeria as they ought to be is the inability to hold officials accountable for their tasks. Holding a public official to account for their responsibility going forward is going to be a key way to increase performance”, he noted.