BudgIT’s Seun Onigbinde Bows to Pressure, Resigns

BudgIT’s Seun Onigbinde Bows to Pressure, Resigns

Co-founder of BudgIT, a budget and finance accountability platform developed to check government’s financial recklessness and to effect transparency, especially on budgets, Seun Onigbinde, on Monday, announced his resignation as the Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National planning, Clem Agba.

He took to his Medium account to announce his decision to resign the appointment. He wrote

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.

The announcement of his appointment was greeted with a lot of backlashes, owing to his inclination toward the present administration.

Onigbinde has been a vocal critic of Buhari’s method of governance, and BudgIT has become a necessary tool in doing so, and has won the trust of Nigerians over time. Many who have supported his views believe that a person of his caliber shouldn’t have anything to do with the people he condemns.

His resignation has been applauded by many who were concerned that he accepted the appointment in the first place. A situation they believe could affect his well-founded reputation and the credibility of BudgIT.

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