BudgIT co-founder, Seun Onigbinde, has described the backlash that trailed his appointment as Technical Adviser in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning as not surprising.
Onigbinde, who had often criticized the Muhammadu Buhari administration, came under heavy criticism after he took to Twitter to announce the appointment on Friday.
“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,” the data analyst had said, adding “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.”
One of the critics on twitter accused Onigbinde of using his BudgIT platform – a civic tech organization that holds government accountable by tracking the impact of budgetary allocations – “to set mob against the government” in order to get a federal appointment.
The data analyst was said to have been forced to deactivate his Twitter account over the heavy backlash he received following the announcement.
But speaking via his twitter page (@seunonigbinde) on Saturday, Onigbinde denied deactivating the account because of the criticisms.
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 & 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 & 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 & not undermine the values I mentioned in my note.