Seun Onigbinde Quits Buhari’s Government After Criticism

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Co-founder of BudgIT, Mr Seun Onigbinde, has announced his resignation as a Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

After his appointment was made public last week, Mr Onigbinde came under heavy criticisms from some Nigerians as well as loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The young entrepreneur was slammed for accepting an appointment from a government he had criticized in the past and even urged some electorates not to vote for.

In a message to his friends today, Mr Onigbinde said he was bowing out as a result of the outrage his appointment has caused since last week.

“Kindly recall that I sent out a note recently on my interest to seek new experiences and that I would be working as a Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning for a short period.

“It is clear that recent media reports about my appointment have created a complex narrative, which I believe would engender an atmosphere of mistrust, as I planned to proceed.

“Upon further reflections on the furore that has been generated by my new role as the Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, I humbly resign the appointment.

“I am very grateful to the Honourable Minister, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, for believing in my expertise and I also thank everyone who sent his or her congratulations to me in the short period. I have also been humbled by the faith and belief that numerous persons have expressed in me.

“My sincere interest is to see a Nigeria that grows and optimises resources for the benefits of all Nigerians.

My loyalty to the good cause of our nation, Nigeria compelled me to accept the call to provide technical skills and this experience has more than strengthened it.

“I also want to wish the Nigerian Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, well. I will always be of help to the federal government in my capacity as the Director of BudgIT, a critical fiscal transparency group, as I have been to several agencies.

“I would also work to ensure that BudgIT continues to build civic awareness on the right of every Nigerian to know how public resources are managed,” Mr Onigbinde wrote.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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