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‘I remain loyal to my values’ — Seun Onigbinde returns to Twitter

‘I remain loyal to my values’ — Seun Onigbinde returns to Twitter
September 13
20:03 2019

Seun Onigbinde, director and co-founder of BudgIT, a civic tech organisation, is back on Twitter hours after deactivating his account.

The data analyst, who often criticised the current administration, was appointed as a technical adviser  in the ministry of budget and national planning.

After tweeting on his appointment, there was a massive backlash and shortly after, his account was deactivated.

“This account doesn’t exist. Try searching for another,” Twitter wrote on Onigbinde’s profile earlier.

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But on Friday afternoon, the account was reactivated with a tweet from the BudgIT co-founder.

“Thank you, everyone. Those who understood, those with words of encouragement, those who said hurtful things, those with bated breath & those who already sent their CVs, asking to be aides. To trend on this special day, I am honored. My Saturday post,” the tweet read.

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He also shared a message where he explained why he chose to work for the government.

“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.

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“I have spoken to our partners, advisory board, and mentors, and I believe this is part of 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.”

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