The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has said several ground-breaking judgments it obtained so far during the tenure of the President Muhammadu Buhari, have been left unimplemented.
SERAP Deputy Director, Oluwadare Kolawole, disclosed this during a press briefing tagged, ‘Failed Promises: Corruption in the Water, Health and Education Sectors in Nigeria’, held in Lagos on Wednesday.
He said the persistent and deliberate disobedience of judges’ decisions would ultimately encourage impunity and corruption.
He said, “SERAP has obtained several ground-breaking judgments that the Buhari administration has persistently failed and refused to implement. The failure and refusal to enforce and implement legally binding judgments of court is entirely inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international human rights obligations.”
He said the government’s disdain for the rule of law was also illustrated by the tendency to pick and choose which court orders it complies with, adding that the selective application of the rule of law invariably undermines the independence and integrity of the judiciary, and is counter productive to the government’s own fight against corruption.
Kolawole further stated that access to basic public goods and services had become almost non-existent, in spite of the growing deficit in the national budget and increasing national debt profile.
He said, “In spite of the growing deficit in our national budget and increasing national debt profile, access to basic public goods and services such as quality education, affordable healthcare and regular and uninterrupted water supply has become almost non-existent due primarily to systemic and widespread corruption in these sectors.
He urged the president to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and appropriate anti-corruption agencies, to thoroughly, transparently and effectively investigate the cases of corruption in the water, health and education sector as well documented in the 2018 and 2019 Auditor General’s reports.