BudgIT Founder, Seun Onigbinde takes Buhari appointment, deletes Twitter Handle

Mr. Seun Onigbinde, founder BudgIT an ardent critique of Buhari administration has deleted his Twitter handle after accepting appointment from Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president.

Onigbinde was appointed as the Technical Adviser in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

Accepting the appointment, Onigbinde said, “I have accepted to take up an advisory role underwritten by an international development agency for an initial period of six months.

“I believe that to guard the reputation of BudgIT, I need to take an operational break and make my new position public.

“In a technical advisory role, I shall be supporting the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, along the issues of budget reform, development planning, and revenue growth.

“It is similar to a task Joseph Agunbiade (my BudgIT co-founder) and I worked on in 2013-14 under the DFID-FEPAR program for the National Assembly Budget and Research Office.

“I see this as an adventure considering an accepted steep curve on public sector structure.

“I wish to state that I remain loyal to my values — of appreciating the right of every citizen to ask the hard questions; that public resources must be accounted for; and that civic spaces and individual rights must be keenly protected.”

However, some Nigerians have hit back at him for accepting the appointment having critique the government for a long time.

Mr. Farooq Kperogi, a professor of Journalism & Emerging Media said BudgiT founder is an unprincipled opportunist, who only criticised the government in the past because it did not favour him.

Using his Twitter handle @farooqkperogi, Farroq said, “In Nigeria, there’re two kinds of people: those who defend government because they benefit from it and those who criticise it only because they’re excluded from it, not because they’ve fundamental disagreements with policies.

“This Onigbinde guy belongs to the latter. They’re both unprincipled opportunists.”

The BudgiT founder has since reactivated his twitter handle that was opened in 2009, but it is not however clear how his handle which had about 41k now has 480 followers at the time of this report.

When contacted, a closed friend to the BudgiT founder confirmed that Onigbinde deactivated his Twitter account last week, but however confirmed he has activated it back.

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