Outrage have trailed the no-data claim by Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder of BudgIT, who recently joined the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Onigbinde, a known critic of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, was recently appointed as Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
Following his appointment, the Budgit boss deactivated his Twitter account but confirmed the new development through his Medium account.
“Friends, I have accepted to take up an advisory role underwritten by an international development agency for an initial period of six months . I believe that to guard the reputation of BudgIT, I need to take an operational break and make my new position public,” he wrote on Medium, a platform for writers.
“In a technical advisory role, I shall be supporting the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, along the issues of budget reform, development planning, and revenue growth. It is similar to a task Joseph Agunbiade (my BudgIT co-founder) and I worked on in 2013–14, under the DFID-FEPAR program for the National Assembly Budget and Research Office.
“I see this as an adventure considering an accepted steep curve on public sector structure. I wish to state I remain loyal to my values — of appreciating the right of every citizen to ask the hard questions; that public resources must be accounted for; and that civic spaces and individual rights must be keenly protected.
“I have spoken to our partners, advisory board, and mentors, and I believe this is part of a multi-pronged approach towards accelerating the long-term objectives of BudgIT and exploring new experiences. I will constantly review the objectives that I have set for this period and provide updates as I proceed.
“My belief in the capacity of BudgIT, led by Gabriel Okeowo, to do great work in demanding effective transparency and accountability remains unshaken.” he clarified.
Meanwhile, Twitter users who criticized his acceptance of the appointment also wondered why he deactivated his Twitter account.
However, the account was later reactivated with a tweet from Onigbinde on Friday afternoon.
He also attributed his brief disappearance from Twitter to running out of airtime and mobile data.
He said, “The truth is I didn’t deactivate/delete my account because of the advisory role. Those who follow me keenly know that I do sometimes to declutter and focus.
“I didn’t know yesterday morning would be the day. But, I knew it would come.
“I am also glad that I wasn’t online. I ran of airtime and data. Maybe if I read everything, I would have lost my emotional balance.
“I am grateful in all things. I pray to do my best and not undermine the values I mentioned in my note. If my tweets hurt you, I am sorry.
“Everything said had a context that was also packed with emotions and expectations. May the Lord make it easy. May our voice be strong.”
Meanwhile his position does not go well with Nigerians who accused him of lying to absolve himself of any wrongdoing.
@moyologun – Now you re coming up with lies, it does say so much about you alot.
@blaiq_media12 – Who did this to us as a country??? Ran out of data how??? The kind of lies I hear from our public office holders makes me doubt if they grew up in Nigeria. A pure Nigerian will never tell such a questionable lie as this.
@ayemojubar – You also should get free 9GB data and 40k airtime from aunty Abike Dabiri now?
@Daddybillion – Not even one week o🤣🤣🤣…the contamination is extremely very powerful. Sigh!!!
@folmi_yohanna – He has began to act like them already. If you know, you know. 😂 😂 😂
@NkayStory – Seun Onigbinde has just finished his induction into the School of LIES.
@paulskov – Once you join APC, you become a lier 😗😗
@Angela201045315 – All of a. Sudden! This one induction was speedy oh! Started lying already. I knew he would overtake Lai and Yemi tradermoni.
@NaijaMan11 – One thing that is synonymous to ur new employer is lies, guest you just started.
@Chybike – Whatever comes out from@BudgITng’s handle, should not be taken seriously anymore. Dude has been compromised. He ran out of data.He probably thinks many of us use affidavit.😠
@Darhmie9 – Even Devil dey learn work with this kind of lie. Na data dey deactivate Twitter?