Following uproar, Buhari critic Seun Onigbinde rejects appointment

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By Benjamin Omoike

Co-founder of BudgIT, Seun Onigbinde, has resigned his appointment as the Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

Onigninde, who was appointed last week by President Muhammadu, made his annoucement on his offiial twitter handle on Monday.

He cited the protest that greeted his appointment as Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning and thanked the Minister, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, for believing in his expertise and the privilege to serve.

Onigbinde had been a renowned critic of Buhari’s administration before his appointment.

Onigbinde said, “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.’

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