Apparently, a lot of Nigerians are angry with Oluseun David Onigbinde. From what I can see on Twitter, many feel betrayed. I am of the opinion that we should be celebrating instead.
To start with, a number of advisory roles in various Federal Ministries are funded by international development organizations and NOT by the government. Typically, the international development organization would recruit some of the the best and most experienced minds so that they can provide some guidance within a specified federal ministry. While they have to work with the government, these advisers are not civil servants and are not even public servants in the typical sense. This process helps countries like Nigeria ensure that there are some seasoned technocrats working with whichever minister the President appoints.
Some are sad because he has been a vocal critic of this administration. I personally believe that the goal of any real critic is to effect positive change and not merely to tear others down. If that is the case, doesn’t it stand to reason that he can criticize (and suggest) better when he is hired to work directly with the decision-makers than on Twitter?
Seun has co-founded and led BudgIT, attaining remarkable success and bringing to the table several conversations of national importance. His efforts have been acknowledged by several people including Bill Gates. He was recently an Obama Foundation Fellow and must have been deeply immersed into the world of public policy.
The truth is that he is one of the best hands possible for the job. What we should be requesting for is that he makes us proud instead of tearing him down.
Seun, congratulations once again. I’m proud of you and I’m sure very many other people are. Keep the flag flying and keep making us proud. And er… reinstate that your Twitter account so that you can see it when we are criticizing all of you in your ministry.