Buhari Media Organisation has rejected the appointment of the co-founder and chief executive of BudgIT, Seun Onigbinde, as technical adviser to the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed.
News of Mr Onigbinde’s appointment broke on Friday.
The BudgIT boss, known to have been vocal in his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, came under intense attack on social media for accepting the appointment.
In a statement on Sunday signed by BMO chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and secretary Cassidy Madueke, the organisation said Onigbinde’s acceptance of the appointment shows he lacks honour.
“Seun Onigbinde lacks honour and integrity, which are characters known of President Buhari, and thus could not be in the same team with him,” the statement said.
“He has severally described the President with the most distasteful terms and has shown, especially on social media, that he sees nothing good in the administration of President Buhari.
“Onigbinde had also gone to the shameful extent of describing those who support the President and his administration as ‘ethnic jingoists’. He once referred to the President as ‘incompetent’ and accused him of being a dictator committing illegality.
“We cannot but wonder that this same man accepted an appointment to serve in this same administration he has described in the most odious terms. It shows he lacks honour.”
The group also called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reject Onigbinde’s appointment and call for his removal from the government, adding that “there are countless supporters of the President who have more powerful backgrounds and records, who are better qualified.”