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Seun Onigbinde bows to criticisms, resigns as Technical Adviser on Budget
SEUN Onigbinde, Co-founder of BudgIT, has announced his resignation as the Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.
Seun, after coming under criticisms for taking appointment under a government he once condemned, gave the update about his appointment in a medium post he shared on his official Twitter handle on Monday.
“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,” he said.
Seun who is the director of BudgIT, a critical fiscal transparency group had been trending on social media since the revelation of his appointment at the Ministry.
Many popular Nigerians had criticised his appointment, describing him as an unprincipled opportunist, who only criticised the government in the past because it did not favour him.
Speaking on the appointment on Monday, Seun said his loyalty to the good cause of Nigeria compelled him to accept the call to provide technical skills going by the experience he has.
But he said the reason behind his resignation was to uphold the atmosphere of trust and integrity he has for himself.
“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.
The Budgit Co-founder appreciated the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, for believing in his expertise.
Seun also extended his gratitude to people who sent their congratulations to him in a short period.
“I have also been humbled by the faith and belief that numerous persons have expressed in me,” he said.
He wished the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government “well”, adding that he would always extend his help to the Federal Government in his capacity as the Director of BudgIT.
“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,” said Seun.