Seun Onigbinde, director and co-founder of BudgIT, was appointed by the federal government as a technical adviser in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
The data analyst, who has often criticized the current administration, revealed it through his Medium account because his Twitter account is disabled.
“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.
“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.”
The appointment of Onigbinde generated mixed reactions from Nigerians on Twitter.
Joe Abah, director of DAI Nigeria, an international development company that implements programs that cover governance in over 100 countries around the world, praised the nomination.
“I am pleased that Seun Onigbinde has been given an appointment by the Federal Govt. When I tell young people not to be too extreme, they abuse me as “Fencist.” In 2015, you are all in for Buhari. 2019, you are all in against Buhari. Your country is bigger than Buhari. Think am o,” he tweeted.
But some Twitter users reacted negatively to the appointment, saying such was not expected of the BudgIT co-founder.
“Seun Onigbinde deleted his Twitter account after getting appointment for Buhari’s government. The same Buhari that we all detest his government. I am learning a new lesson from this. “CRITICISE THE GOVT UNTIL THEY APPOINT YOU AND KEEP QUIET,” a user tweeted.
@seunonigbinde insulted and abused everyone who planned and voted for Buhari. He even said we don't love Nigeria. Now that he has been recruited on the #NextLevel team, can we now say Seun Onigbinde is only looking for what to eat?
FYI, he has also deactivated his account. pic.twitter.com/KUPv4hy65K
— Adetola A. Kehinde (IGBOMINA) (@Optimistic_Ade) September 13, 2019
Seun Onigbinde got appointment with the Buhari government and quickly deleted his twitter account…typical cashtivist 😂
— Sidney 🚀♨ (@sidramatics) September 13, 2019
Good to see that technocrat, Seun Onigbinde, has been appointed as a Technical Adviser in Buhari's failed government. Congrats Seun.
What happened to your account @oluseunonigbinde? Deactivated? 🙄 pic.twitter.com/08XC7S80Vh
— Adebayo Bankole Akintunde (@AdeBanqie) September 13, 2019
Seun Onigbinde spent 5yrs casting the APC govt as useless and irredeemably directionless for Nigeria.
Well guess who just got appointed into APC's irredeemable govt?
Oga even deactivated his twitter account with 1000s of followers to safeguard his plum job from APC SM mobs. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/JzK6EChk7m
— Demola Aliyu Adeniran (@Demurleigh) September 13, 2019
Seun Onigbinde, you are singing in another tune now? Do you now love mediocrity? Seems you are now a closet ethnic jingoist..you hate Nigeria now? Whayasay?
Those guys you called e-rats fought against all odds to keep this govt in power so that your likes can hold that card.. pic.twitter.com/x16ES2Bdw4
— Dr. Guendouzi (The Cerebral Assassin ) (@fimiletoks) September 13, 2019
What happened to @seunonigbinde’s akant … Anyways Congratulations to him … We hear sha even if u no loud am or u no wan wash am … 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9tYiEHmHiN
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) September 13, 2019
Congratulations Seun Onigbinde, founder @BudgITng on your appointment into the "Incompetent" government of APC led by Muhammadu Buhari.
May the Almighty guide you 🙏, and please free your handle you wouldn't be asked to resign 😅 pic.twitter.com/418H8WZaNu
— Adamu Hayatu™ (@AHayatu) September 13, 2019
Seun Onigbinde spent the past few years criticizing Buhari’s inept Govt & holding many other Govt parastatals accountable via @BudgITng. He has been invited to fix what he has always criticized & y’all think he is better off as an arm chair critic? Allow the man to do his job!
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@LifeOfRouvafe) September 13, 2019
Seun Onigbinde deleted his Twitter account after getting appointment for Buhari's government.
The same Buhari that we all detest his government.
I am learning a new lesson from this.
"CRITICISE THE GOVT UNTIL THEY APPOINT YOU AND KEEP QUIET"
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) September 13, 2019
I am pleased that Seun Onigbinde has been given an appointment by the Federal Govt. When I tell young people not to be too extreme, they abuse me as “Fencist.” In 2015, you are all in for Buhari. 2019, you are all in against Buhari. Your country is bigger than Buhari. Think am o.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) September 13, 2019
Calls put through his mobile number didn’t go through and a message sent was yet to be responded as at the time of filing this report.