The appointment of the founder of BudgIT, Seun Onigbinde as a Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Budget and National Planning has elicited a debate amongst keen political observers on social media.
1st News had reported that Seun Onigbinde made this revelation via a Medium post.
Excerpt from his statement reads, “Friends; I have accepted to take up an advisory role underwritten by an international development agency for an initial period of six months.
Onigbinde said he has taken a break from his role at BudgIT and focused on his new responsibility.
In the technical advisory role, he will “be supporting the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba; along with the issues of budget reform, development planning, and revenue growth.”
He has been a staunch critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and revealed the development after he deactivating his Twitter handle.
Seun Onigbinde will never run away from Twitter – BudgIT
However, Shakir Akorede, the Communication Associate of BudgIT, has revealed that Onigbinde would never run away from Twitter.
This response was a sequel to the prevailing sentiment that Onigbinde had deactivated his Twitter due to his former stance as a vociferous critic of the president.
Akorede, who made this known in an interview on Friday, September 13, revealed that he knows Onigbinde would never leave Twitter, as it was a platform, on which he preached the gospel of transparency and accountability in government.
He said, “I know Seun, he would never run away from Twitter. It was a platform on which he talked about governance issues. He didn’t delete his Twitter account, it might have been deactivated.
“Seun would never stop talking about governance. It is a matter of principles. This appointment would not change Seun as a person. I wish him the best of luck.
“In fact, Nigerians should be happy that they have someone to hold accountable in government.”
Here is a cross-section of diverse reactions after the appointment was made public: