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NSCDC Defends Lagos State Commandant Obafaiye Shem

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Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) who have previously been silent over the “My Oga At the Top” saga involving the Lagos State Commandant Obafaiye Shem have finally broken their silence.

They have defended him saying he committed no crime that deserves a punishment. One of the NSCDC officials at the Abuja Headquarters told Leadership that the choice to spread the weakness was connected to the commandant’s resolve to take legal measures against those who defraud the government through oil theft.

“Do not be surprised that even the so-called chief executives of some agencies until now, did not know their websites. I am not saying that this is an excuse but I am saying that his personality should not have been dragged into the mud.

As you may be aware, until his resumption of duty in Lagos, the crime against Nigeria’s economy was swept under the carpet. But how can this hero who means business in fighting oil theft, be paid this way? Those vandals should stop crying wolf over nothing.”

Also, contrary to the Vanguard report that he was suspended which was earlier quoted by BN, he has said he wasn’t, but is only on leave to bury his late father. He also claimed his wife never visited Channels TV Studio. “I am still the State Commandant of NSCDC and I am determined to work hard to expose the vandals across the State,” he said.

Now that we know no disciplinary action has been taken against him yet, is this appropriate? Do you think he deserves some disciplinary action?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

71 Comments

  1. Miss Eloquent

    March 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I am going to tell my Oga at the top that I was first to comment 😀

    • ebrufles

      March 19, 2013 at 7:32 am

      seriously 🙁

    • Teris

      March 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

      chuckle.

    • Nnamdi

      March 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      lol

  2. sam

    March 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

    He doesn’t deserve any disciplinary action. He committed no offense, but just showed that our leaders lack basic knowledge of simple things. And surprisingly, i am very sure that most of out Senators would not know the website of the Nigerian Senate Assembly. Just Ask!

    • omototun

      March 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Yes! They may (do) not know it off the top of their heads, seeing as they don’t need the website to carry about their embezzling and other trifling activities…..BUT!! any senator that goes on national tv to answer questions about fake National Assembly websites being used to defraud Nigerians deserves to be ridiculed just as Mr Shem was….
      Abeg there is no form of justification for what he did….and I maintain…anyone who excuses this man’s conduct/ignorance during that interview with the usual #NaijaFactor sentiments will vote PDP/GEJ in the next elections!! #LoversOfMediocrity #LoversOfRubbish…..msssschewwww

    • Teris

      March 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

      “… but just showed that our leaders lack basic knowledge of…”
      issokay. u’ve been a nigerian a long time, i understand. it happens to me, too.
      u see, another way u cud have typed that is “he committed no crime, but displayed incompetence at his level of authority” – while addressing the public on related matters, if i might add.

      secondly, disciplinary action does not necessarily mean corporal punishment, incarceration or termination of employment. sometimes, just moving him away from a rocking place like Lagos to some deadbeat location like (muffled typing) is a subtle but succinct way for Management to communicate their disapproval.

      unfortunately, it’s hard to appreciate what appropriate action shud be when ppl who steal 620k USD are still deemed law-makers, and big time crooks are receiving fine options of 750k NGN or even presidential pardons…ish like that…

      as far as i am concerned, it was just bad timing for him. a good vent for the public. and now we all know at least a little bit about the website of …

    • jyde

      March 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      At last,a mind of reason.

    • eleah

      March 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

      not an excuse

  3. sarafina

    March 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

    What disciplinary action? Does the disciplinary board know the website or anything atalll??????????? They are all fools!

  4. titi

    March 19, 2013 at 7:40 am

    What has he done that deserves disciplinary action.I do not excuse his sloppiness or lack of good judgement but I really wish we could look past this and face the real issues. I work in a federal govt. parastatal and i bet my superiors some of them Directors do not even know the organization’s website. The other day one asked me for his corporate mail addy. The truth is ICT knowledge is just gaining ground in Nigeria and the older generation has not fully embraced it. This is no defending him, but making this the big issue it has become just means we are a joke and we celebrate the lil absurdities. Lets stop minoring on major while majoring on the minor. These are my thots

    • Bukky

      March 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Gbam!Gbam. My point exactly!

  5. reallyyyyyy!!!

    March 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

    what disciplinary action????? he did nothing wrong please, the dot com was just silent na. If a thief like Alamieyeseigha can be granted state pardon then my ‘oga at the top’ is free please. am happy he is fine.

  6. Amina Omeiza

    March 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

    What is the corolation between crude oil theft and not knowing ur organisation’s website? Disciplined or not, it won’t stop me from wearing my “Oga at the top” T-shirt

    • Autoprincess

      March 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Been trying to get one, please where can I get it. lol. But seriously, I like the black one with pink letterings.

    • Taiwo

      March 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      where can i get the shirt?

  7. Angel

    March 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

    i wonder, Y WOULD THEY EVEN SUSPEND HIM? ARE THEY BETTER ?

  8. Franklin

    March 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This is medic after death. Let d sleeping dog sleep

  9. Nikita

    March 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Well said by the officials of NSCDC,am happy Commandant Obafaiye is not suspended,am happy he’s not about to loose his job,happy the man is given another chance. I think Nigerians should be fair & balanced in their judgement. The man did not know is organization web address,sure if CNN calls him now,he will recite it two million times without blinking. How many of our leaders,knows what is going on in their “office”. We’ve heard he is diligent & a goal getter on his job,please let him be. Am not saying we should celebrate his ignorance,am saying he should not be crucified for his ignorance. Ignorance is a disease that can be cured.
    One good thing about his mistake is that we’ve ALL learnt.

  10. Joseph samuel

    March 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

    How tru z diz??????i hav ben folowin diz man on site concernin vandals,,,,,,he has ben doin wel nd hav ben contributin wel wen journalist interview him on dat note,,,,,,does he realy deserv diz redicule???????ryt 4rm wen i startd noticin diz i stil sense nd belv dat,,,,,der must hav ben a fowl play som whr som how,,,,,so as 2weaken hiz moral on carryinout his duty,,,,,dats quiet surd.

    • Teris

      March 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

      aei-ya-yai! easy on the truncation, makes reading ur comment painful to read.

    • eleah

      March 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

      not an excuse

  11. xtie

    March 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    All he needs is an intesnsive training to update him as to the meduiums being used to work now in this digital age, he has done nothing wrong and should not be purnished. If we want to keep publicising his mistake then that’s on us, but remember he represents the whole country in that aspect so make a fool of him and make a fool of Nigeria as a whole!

  12. kanyinsola

    March 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

    @titi…. Well said. The older generation know little or nothing about stuff like that. Btw… the people that spread the video are youths. It was really funny to us and we couldn’t help it. I can bet Jonathan didn’t get the joke the first time he saw the video until someone explained to him. Buh disciplinary action? Why? Mstchewww… That’s just taking things too far. Most top govt. officials don’t know things like that and how many of them would be suspended or sacked?

    I personally love the man, anytime am sad all I need to do is watch d video and I just laugh out loud! Hehe…
    My oga at d top… I love u jare… *coughs* that’s all!

  13. Lecker

    March 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    its so sad that the outside world perceive us as same with all these jokers we call leaders, if not worse. After all so much accountability is expected of a leader

  14. emma

    March 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I read that his wife visited channels television headquarters over this ridicule this has caused the family, this man at the top is saying she didnt. Who do we believe here?

  15. eleah

    March 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    its not that he does not know what the website of nscdc is; it is that he does not know what a website is. that, and more, was revealed in this interview. the brohaha regarding is issue, is a confirmation that nigeria knows this mr. shems abilities are unbalanced by his ignorance and poisoned by his semi-illitracy.
    he’s now an international star. congratulations

  16. adenike

    March 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Bella, that’s a silly question in my books. You sound like you’re unhappy he wasn’t truly suspended. Who should discipline him? The oga that has no idea either? Or his superiors who have no idea there’s a website in the first place?
    So many young people making fun of him don’t even have emails on their phones – they’ll ask you why should they? Some of them don’t even know how to use Excel, yet they walk around saying “my oga at the top”. See, a good number of these old folks in governance belong to the ‘Sony, Phillips, Toshiba’ generation – we’re in the click/tap generation that’s why we’re in the know of these things. In the next 20yrs, there are certain things we won’t understand but our kids would. Go to civil service, you’ll be shocked at what these folks don’t know. But I don’t blame them that much.
    No, this man deserves no disciplinary action – the good side of the video is that, government officials will do more research before going for interviews or better still, send their Information Officers, Public Relations Officers etc for such interviews – at least, they are expected to actually know.

    • 9japerson

      March 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      @Adenike…. This is so true. Thank God for the influence of technology in this present generation. I remember when i was in secondary school, when we go to the computer lab for class, all they teach us the most is “parts of the computer” the CPU,Monitor etc. The highest we went was to turn on and off the system. There was no internet in my school. Infact , it was during my secondary school time that GSM (MTN and ECONET) came out before GLOBACOM emerged(obviously Mike Adenunga went to do his homework before establishing it). During my secondary school time, i never typed my assignment with Microsoft word till i moved to United States. So We should not cast any stone on the Commandant, although i laughed too when i saw the video and thats becos its entertaining. But still i don’t think he deserves all this trouble and embarrassment. How many Nigerians speak fluent English, even some of us that speak fluently, don’t really know the definitions of the words/vocabularies we use. One more thing, our leaders needs to be educated. Instead of condemning them, i think we of younger generation that work with people like this should offer to help them and not mock them. Cos you helping them is helping build our nation.

    • Y.M.E

      March 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Please correct me if I’m wrong. Have you just said in other words that if you were to be the founder/owner of a fortune 500 company, you would employ just about anyone (I’m assuming someone you favour) as your COO or MD but rely on their PA to teach them how to do their job?

    • Dami

      March 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Don’t kw why we keep celebrating mediocrity. There re lots of older generation that runs there business thru the Internet so that not an excuse. If u re nt good enough u re nt old enough but if u re good enough u re old enough we don’t ve to be govern by some bunch of ageing politician. We ve loads of competent middle age that knows wat they re doing and saying nt ppl that can’t even defend their without waiting some oga at the top

  17. Gigi

    March 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

    dis olda generation can just never phucken get it! so backward and overly defensive

  18. francois

    March 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

    He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.
    What wrong has the gentleman officer done?

    • Y.M.E

      March 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Your holiness, please forgive us… But the man commit… Abeg watch the complete interview, i didn’t know we were talking religion here

    • tberts

      April 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Display of ignorance which could be given off as incompetence in this day and age

  19. mcheew

    March 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

    BELLA NAIJA ABEG LET THE MATTER REST! E DON DO!! ITS GOTTEN OLD…YAWNNN

  20. Oluwatoyin

    March 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Although the mistake he make on National TV was very avoidable, I think people should stop the ridicule. Someone should put the Senators, House of Assembly members, Ministers and even state Governors to a test; I m sure that none of them will be able to sing the National Anthem and resite the National pledge. Its just a pity that Mr Obafaiye’s own happened on a national TV and spread like a wild fire.

  21. Oluwatoyin

    March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Although the mistake he made on National TV was very avoidable, I think people should stop the ridicule. Someone should put the Senators, House of Assembly members, Ministers and even state Governors to a test; I m sure that none of them will be able to sing the National Anthem and resite the National pledge. Its just a pity that Mr Obafaiye’s own happened on a national TV and spread like a wild fire.

  22. Fagbola kemi

    March 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Displinary action???? For what now….
    He did ntin wrong according 2 his job description buh itz just dat we nigerian youths love 2 make ourselves happy with d tiniest of issues.
    Buh will u blame us with all dis naija wahala, itz kald suffering and smiling.

  23. Tolu

    March 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I am definately not giving ”my oga at the top” a pat on the back, but lets face it most staff at many govt. parastatals today were probably employed in the 80’s-70’s, most with SSCE certs. When the issue of self development and career growth is raised, these generation of govt workers get sent away on courses and training programmes, which by the way are mostly out dated. Hence where and when does one except persons like Shem to learn and keep up wit the world in the 21st century.

  24. You dont Know Me!

    March 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

    i’m just relieved he was not punished because he has committed no crime by not knowing the website… yes, it is an added advantage to his duty but if he is effective in his work, not knowing the website will not break anyone’s neck …besides the fact that his “Oga at the top” might have said something else shows the Oga does not know either. Dah’s all! 😀

  25. anonymous

    March 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

    he did not do anything to warrant a disciplinary action.

  26. myopinion.com

    March 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

    @ Sam are even sure that they can even recite the national and anthem and pledge? please lets ask them ooo

  27. Uche

    March 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    BN please go and sit down!.

  28. Na wa

    March 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

    How many Nigerians now can recite ‘The National Pledge’?

  29. yetty

    March 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    He committed no offence jst dat nigerians are bored and taking chance of slits excitement. Abeg nigerians free d man joor”my oga @ d top”

  30. yewnde

    March 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    seriously i cannot believe this man even has dignity left to respond, this is why Nigeria is not moving forward. people like this reflect poorly on our leaders, the people that are education and can represent us well would never get to the top, how hard is it to know the website when they don’t take little things like that seriously and we dont even see the work they are doing which they claim is the thing they are good at. such a shame

  31. Roxanne

    March 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    he ought to apologize to all Nigerians. It is a shame. Punishment or no punishment.

    • 9japerson

      March 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      @Roxanne ….Apologize about what. Who did he kill? He didn’t steal anything? And people like you want to humiliate the man because he didn’t know common website. Check your self, because you have privilege to know this info does not make you better in anyway. And if you do you a lot of info, share with your fellow nigerians and build the nation than condemn those that dont know. How nation is growing and we need all info needed to get there.

  32. Madam the Madam

    March 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    What kind of question is, does he deserve disciplinary action? If anybody says yes, then may your own job not fire you for something as basic as not being able to recite thier website on TV. It is entirely not that serious, and everybody needs to leave the dead horse to rest in peace.

    • Dan Pipi

      March 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      So he should be jailed because of this? No doubt his interview was a total blunder and embarrassment, i don’t feel he should be punished at all, rather this will be a wake up call for others to pay attention and learn modern ICT Skills.

    • Dan Pipi

      March 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Madam I support you way, No disciplinary action whatsoever, its just a lesson for him and others.

  33. Chyke

    March 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    All of una just wan crucify dis man,,,,una don 4get how Dame Patience Jonathan dey bl0w GRAMATICAL ERRORS 4 national TVs? Only say Mr Shem own circulate online. Abeg make we pardon d man.

  34. Fravian

    March 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Awwwww!!!!!!finaly….bt wait o, I nid tell ma madam @Ð top (1st lady) dt his subordinate below escaped being punished. Gud 2hear dat he waznt suspended cos A̶̲̥̅♏ already writtin an epistle 2d president 2pls permit his wife 2tell us wat the color of 9ja flag stands for, sing Ð 2nd stanza of Ð national anthem, and wat ΐƨ the website of her NGO?

    • Pussyboi

      March 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      How daft of you buddy, 2nd stanza or verse! that’s wack you wacko!

  35. Cool cat

    March 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    No need for disciplinary action, he has suffered enough shame and ridicule. Next time, he will know that nigerians are not daft people that they can bamboozle with bull shit. Dear presidential aspirants come 2015, we are eagerly waiting for you all. And channels tv must conduct that interview. At least let them do proper research about this job functions before thinking they can just assume power.

    • Alexia

      March 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      I. LIKE. YOU.

  36. Meekjane

    March 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    If before his assumption of office, economy theft was swept under the carpet, could you please highlight his helpful contributions in NSCDC so far as related to the society at large?.

  37. Aib

    March 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Nscdc work much more harder,so that your enemies will be more worried and continue to spend their money to sponsor things that have no meaning,GREAT NSCDC

  38. Y.M.E

    March 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I have heard all sorts about this issue. It’s funny how Nigerians cry about the incompetence of their leaders only to plead mercy on behalf of those that get exposed. This is almost an indication that change is far from Nigeria – GOD FORBID! People have given all manner of excuses on this man’s behalf including Titi who claims to be a government official citing in her comment above that one of her superiors doesn’t know his official email address as though it were commendable! S/he also says “The truth is ICT knowledge is just gaining ground in Nigeria and the older generation has not fully embraced it”. One would wonder how these people communicate daily official matters (never mind urgent ones) in a land with no viable postal service and now no knowledge of email among the presumably “MOST QUALIFIED” leaders of the land.

    Many have said Mr Shem only made a mistake. Can somebody please define a mistake! If Mr Shem had quoted the website to be ww.nscdc.com.ng or something of sort; missing the last ‘w’, then we would put it down to a common (although irritating) mistake most Nigerians make. But Mr Shem exhibited total ignorance on the matter and tried to play smart with the usual Nigerian area boy gra gra.

    Aside the website fail, The interview was in itself laughable. Mr Shem did not display any expert knowledge in answering the questions he was asked, He often laughed and seemed clueless when answering critical questions regarding his duties and the activities of the nscdc. It beats me how anyone can defend and/or uphold this level of incompetence as acceptable; going as far as passing a major fail as a simple mistake!

  39. Naija talk

    March 20, 2013 at 12:44 am

    LOOK at all these responses….Spineless Nigerians. I cannot even believe how Nigerians embrace mediocrity, and then you give the dumbest of excuses….How many of our leaders can sing the national anthem or recite the national pledge, How many of our parents can recite this or that, How many of you are internet savvy, How many of you can perform better at an interview. Whatever happened to preparedness? OH PLEASE JUST SHUT IT. I’d rather have ONE person who is competent, than a million who are barely getting by, and then they show sporadic success every 6 months, arrest 5 people every 6 months and you all settle that they are getting the job done. Meanwhile people are still getting scam emails everyday from Nigeria.
    I DON’T blame the leaders for any lack of sound thinking. It’s the people that accept the foolishness I blame. Elephants accepting the rule of the cockroach!

    • Pussyboi

      March 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      IF PEOPLE ARE GETTING SCAM EMAILS FROM NIGERIA, WHAT BUSINESS OF OURS IS THAT? GO OUT THERE AND CHALLENGE THEM FOLKS AND STOP BEING A – ON HERE!

  40. Pussyboi

    March 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Why would you – blame this -? His Oga at the top that blows grammar can be found in Aso Rock too (Honourable First Lady…lmao). He deserves to be punished by not being able to defend himself in a honorable way, what legacy is he leaving for his family now? A total disgrace he is!! MY OGA AT THE TOP, I DONATE MY FAMILY ON BEHALF OF 2 MILLION. LMAO

  41. Dan Pipi

    March 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    He committed no offence, so why should he be punished. How many top Government officials and politicians have internet awareness.
    Abeg make Nigerians face their problems squarely

  42. Fadeyi

    March 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I wonder why our leaders are disgracing us…we don’t have anything to say than to keep dacing to their tonez, because alot of people (our leaders) don’t deserve where they are and no body can there talk about the issue on ground. ”our oga at the top” didn’t deserve any purnishment, we have to bear with him…

  43. Ogbonna

    March 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Mr. Shem is a victim and a product of an unproductive administrative system in a geographical expression called Nigeria. The system has for long abandoned the process of seminars and all other forms of training with which the capacity of its public officers are built. Instead, funds meant for capacity building are diverted to leisure of the politicians in power and their praise singers. After all , Mr. Shem did not abandon his duty post nor was accused of any form of fraud in his agency. How are we sure that our Oga at the top knows the website of state house (aso rock) ? Pls , no body should ever think of any disciplinary action for Mr Shem. NSC DC should quickly embark on short term IT awareness training for its staff so as to forestall such .

    • Ikem

      March 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Ogbonna you are sound. You have said it all.

    • Dami

      March 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Don’t kw why we keep celebrating mediocrity. There re lots of older generation that runs there business thru the Internet so that not an excuse. If u re nt good enough u re nt old enough but if u re good enough u re old enough we don’t ve to be govern by some bunch of ageing politician. We ve loads of competent middle age that knows wat they re doing and saying nt ppl that can’t even defend their judgement without waiting some oga’s at the top

  44. Okey

    May 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The truth remain that no one is above mistake… Pls he dosent deserve any form of punishment at all

  45. John

    May 16, 2013 at 7:56 am

    @pussyboi jxt as ur name imply so u r, i hope u r nt in the town? If u r plz go 2 d village nd b farming der, u fool wat do u kwn?

  46. nwanyi na aga aga

    May 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I dont see how knowing the website will improve this man’s take on crime. And someone asking if he deserves to be punished for what? this topic came up in my office and they were all ranting about mediocrity till i asked one of them the web address of our intranet. to my greatest surprise none of them knew it complete. And this is what they all work with everyday. Why? All they ve to do is come into the office hit the first 3 letters and it automatically comes up. Yet these are the ppl clamoring for the crucifixion of someone who does not even use the internet or said website at all. I agree he should be prepared but i believe that knowing a website does not in anyway impart on his Job deliverable so whats the whole noise about. its not like he is an IT consultant. And yes someone of u will soon say in yankee. In yankee a friend asked a police officer for their website and the guy had to go search for it. He is a security officer not an IT consultant. He didnt have it readily so please I dont understand what the noise about punishment and mediocrity is. The only grouse I have with him is the lame excuse of ‘my oga at the top’ for not knowing it.

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