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NSCDC Lagos State Commandant Obafaiye Shem Suspended Over “My Oga At The Top” Comment | Wife Protests at Channels TV Studio

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Obafaiye Shem, the Lagos state commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has been temporarily suspended following the now famous “My Oga At The Top” comment which went viral after his embarrassing ordeal at the Channels Television breakfast programme – Sunrise Daily.

Vanguard reports that he was suspended after pressure emanated from the supervising ministry over his conduct at the interview in Lagos.

During the interview, the Lagos commandant could not mention the name of his organisation’s website and the name of his boss whom he referred to as “My Oga At The Top”.

Shem tried to cover up his ignorance of his organization’s website by saying that it would be revealed by his Oga at the top. The video which has gone viral has sparked a T-shirt campaign and a music video. The original video has also been remixed and a game called “My Oga At The Top” has been created by Kuluya.com.

Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Shem’s wife forced her way into Channels TV studio yesterday to protest bitterly to the chairman of Channels, the embarrassment the viral video has caused her family. According to Brimtime.com, she said that her kids were being ridiculed at school by their peers and that neighbours and fellow market women make jest of her daily. She also added that her husband hardly sleeps at night again because of the terrible embarrassment the video has caused him.

Since the video went viral, almost every joke cracked in the country is laced with a tinge of “My Oga At The Top”. On BBM, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Radio and TV; you are reminded of the phrase every where you turn. It is no wonder that Shem’s family is now at the receiving end of the taunts.

But then, do you think Nigerians are taking this joke too far? Should we ease off a bit on this joke and let it just rest?

What are your thoughts on his suspension?

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

205 Comments

  1. sandy

    March 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    awwwww I feel for his family. Itz really a shame.

    • Wale

      March 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Actually, he can still turn it around. He should go back to the same channel and redeem himself. Correct the mistake, make a few self deprecating jokes and PR job for himself. Nigerians will forgive him. He can even make some money from this…a tv commercial for an online business perhaps??? I wish I was representing him…

    • Yumyum

      March 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      True Wale.

    • Ms. Jayee

      March 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Too late, he’s been suspended!

    • Jiddah

      March 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Very well said. He should do a PR stunt, go back to Channels TV to redeem himself or even apologies and get it over with. We have loads of top govt officials who I’m sure cannot give adequate info about their parastatals. It’s not enough for him to be sacked.

    • oat

      March 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      You are right, he can use satire to get out of it, real entrepreneur thinking Wale.

    • Wow

      March 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you!!!! 100% agree.

    • MR. B

      March 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      URE VERY SMART.

    • felix

      March 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      When i heard the interview, before all the jokes came up, this was exactly what i said….let him turn the table around employ social media, be creative and just catch some fun, who knows if this is an opportunity in disguise for him to just start or do something different…Now he has the ears of everyone on social media…let him roll out something ASAP….people make mistake

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you, jare. There is still a very good opportunity to redeem his gaffe and also put a PR spin on this “oga-at-the-top” slogan and generate some positive, new advertising for the NSCDC. PR firms exist for a reason, he just needs to get hold of a good spin-doctor.

    • Linus

      March 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

      We all make mistakes but this one is not mistake,it’s just ignorance displated but unfortunately for the man in question,it is a public disgrace but its also a learning point for all other chieftains and captains of industries. simple truth would have save him and Nigerians this whole wahala,if he had said simply and politely”honestly I can not remember or i do not know” as thecase may be

    • Uche

      March 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

      That’s very true….Wale

    • 8oClock

      March 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      While I agree he should do his own PR, I don’t think he should go back to channels. AIT or NTA would be more ideal. And I think channels people could have stopped the embarrassment by simply mentioning what the website address is. Funny as it was, there was no need to keep on asking him that question. Channels should learn better journalism.

    • Femi

      March 19, 2013 at 12:58 am

      so true so true.

    • ch

      March 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I quite agree with 8oclock. The 1st time I saw the video, I couldn’t stop laffing but then after replaying it over and over, I realise that part of the blame is to the Channels presenters. The expression on their faces esp the lady showed that they were out to ridicule the man. They were so unprofessional and I hope their bosses picked that up.

  2. Adefiki

    March 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I for like comment on this matter, but ……………………may think otherwise, so that’s it. Lay off the man jare! Many of us cant even make a presentation in front of half full class, I admire his boldness. In fairness the rest of the interview wasn’t awful…bless him.

  3. Gold digger

    March 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    i feel sorry for the kids especially and yes, i think nigerians are taking the joke too far…..

  4. one africa-nigeria rising

    March 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    i beg, if he was competent and knew his job he wouldnt be facing the ridicule, he should be glad he coined a new phrase, he should monetize it. Plus no be our fault they hire people not qualified positions, just because they know the headman or ‘oga on top..’ I seriously think the guy should be demoted..

    • Tosin

      March 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      monetize it. great idea. “American” idea. Some Nigerians also think commercial like that too. really, there’s an opportunity for you in Naija with that mindset.

    • ohia

      March 18, 2013 at 12:52 am

      oh pls..shut up with the bla bla

  5. u.S.o

    March 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Yes i agree with you Bella…#My Oga At The Top!

    www . usaveone . blogspot . com

  6. prefer fashion to xes!

    March 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Shame on you BN for this silly question! “Should we ease off a bit about this joke and let it rest?”Is that really a question? I’m ashamed and I felt bitter for the whole issue,and tears wail me inside! Because some one made a common mistake mean he should be killed? Pls this will be last comment on dis issue!

    • demola

      March 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      it wasnt a simple mistake. it was total ignorance. though i feel for the family and do not expect this reaction from his boss (oga at the top) whoever he is. truth is 60% of these DGs dont knw what their organisation do. they spend all their time on foreign trips for courses that are ment for employees that would make a difference. I guess its an extension of anger for public officers. he was just a scapegoat.

  7. missybella

    March 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Na wa ooo 9ja shud stop wit d joke alredy….enuf is enuf abeg.dey re cosing d family enuf pain and emberassmEnt.

  8. ebundetan

    March 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Nigerians are not taking anything too far! The family should take a chill pill and enjoy the joke while it lasts. Are they gonna be the first? What should Patience Jonathan say? Simply put, they cannot have control over what Nigerian wanna joke about or say.

    • Tosin

      March 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Yeee, you just killed me o.

    • Babat

      March 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Im sorry but what exactly do you mean by they should enjoy the jokes. oh so the children should ‘enjoy’ being bullied at school? Mr Shem himself should ‘enjoy’ the prospect of losing his job. Granted you cannot stop an entire nation from joking at whatever topic they choose but at the same time bear in mind that there is no enjoyment gained to the Shem family, as you suggest, from any of this! peace

    • XOXO

      March 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

      THEY CAN SAY SO MUCH ABOUT PATIENCE JONATHAN BUT SHE IS ‘THE OGA AT THE TOP’ … NO ONE WILL SUSPEND HER. HER KIDS ARE MOST LIKELY HOME SCHOOLED OR ABROAD , WHERE THEY WILL NOT BE RIDICULED IN SUCH SENSE. IT DOESNT AFFECT THEM IN ANYWAY. SO THE HELL WITH TAKING A CHILL PILL. CHANNEL TV SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES, EMPLOYING VERY UNPROFESSIONAL GROUP OF WORKERS. THEY ARE NOT ANY DIFFERENT FROM THIS MAN HIMSELF, IGNORANT LOT.

  9. kilipot

    March 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This woman is funny.. instead of her to bury her head in shame and scold her husband for his ignorance.. she still had the nerve to storm channels tv to protest.. to protest what if I may ask? we are talking about a very serious and sensitive issue on the alleged job racketeering in NSCDC ( his own department, which I am sure he has served for atleast 15years). In my view, the issue is not even that he didnt know the website of nscdc but that he couldnt even provide something similar. wth was ww.nscdc?. If he said http://www.nscdc.com, he would have gotten away with it,whatever happened to the dotcom or the last w. It only shows we have a problem in this country, and to even thing a lot of us don’t find anything wrong in this is shocking, some have even gone to say that the presenters were unprofessional. If I may ask, please how? This is an unforgiveable sin. This can never happen in a private owned business, he would have been sacked immediately. This rubbish can only happen in Govt departments.
    I hope this serves as an example to all other Govt workers. This is the beginning of change. All the para-military officers ( and other public departments) should be put to test of wits from time to time, there should not be room for redundancy. Who the cap fits let him wear it.

    • dee

      March 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      *highfive*

    • Amakzzy

      March 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Abeg abeg abeg. D joke haz gone 2 far jooor.. Channels tv ar partly 2b blamed.. Dey kept on questionin d man. Abeg free mr shem nd hiz family joor… Let dem drink water and kip dere cup.

    • innocent soul

      March 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      I totally agree with you…my questions is,how did he get to that position??? Bigup to channels tv,invite more of them at the top then you will realize that most of them will messup.

    • Sekinatu

      March 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you, exactly my thought…..Nigerians don’t know when to be compassionate and when to stand firm. This man ridiculed NSCDC and for what? U think this will ever happen to an official in UK or USA or Canada? We have to do better! Unfortunately some will learn the hard way! Just last week everyone wanted him to be demoted and now because of this lil sad story up , we’re feeling sorry for him. This is why customer service Is horrible in Abuja because apparently no one can correct or fire anyone who’s not doing their job. May be this guy will take his professional life more seriously now.

    • Adey

      March 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Perfectly worded response! Kudos!!

    • Laide

      March 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      U see u also just made a mistake…everyone does…it’s ‘think’ not thing….*hiss*

    • keep calm

      March 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      laide, please don’t tell me u just compared a simple typo error with what that man did on tv because u must be really sleeping on a bicycle if u just did! smh

    • kilipot

      March 17, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Ode. I see ur pain.
      I have not said no one is above mistake, have I? I guess he is ur father.lol
      Yes I am aware it is think and not thing (clearly an oversight.. error which I fully claim and purposely refused to come back to type another comment )..oh well, now that you have brought me back, I thinK If you want to counter my comment or opinion, find something intelligent, use your brain and let’s talk instead of being juvenile.
      Why do I even bother? Who leaves an issue of sheer cluelessness and obsoleteness to bicker over letters ‘k’ and ‘g’? Typical Nigerian, forever chasing shadows. sad story

    • Abi

      March 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      well said. People saying no one is above mistake should watch the video again. I see no mistake in this at all. just as kilipot mentioned, if he had said http://www.nscdc.com or .ng or .org etc is better. what happened to the remaining “w”? The whole interview was about fraudulent people creating another website to be nscdc’s website and the main question was what is your official website so people watching can know the real website but unfortunately he wouldn’t answer the question.

    • OSG

      March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      You are just being harsh here,wat sort of person ar u? The presenter could av possibly safe the shame for him either. Ok,how much av you being paid now that not only him,but the wife and his innocent kids have been disgraced on a national ground? Wish it was ur spouse dat made dis mistake,I’m sure you would be so down for years… The presenter were unprofessional,their asking over and over again is an act of unprofessionalism

  10. patcy chibogu

    March 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

    They shld gv d man a break. No one is above mistake and no one knws it all. He hs suffered enof embarrassment to last him a lifetime. Enof pls.

    • Seun Oke

      March 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      If not being able to state the NSCDC website address is a mistake, will you also say that repeatedly saying “my oga at the top” is also a mistake?

  11. khenie

    March 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Honestly i appeal to all everybody to ‘free’ that NSCDC man. you know… ‘ my oga at the top’. i feel we are unleashing the full force of social media on that singular person and its a bit unfair. its an overkill. its like catching a small rat, killing it, decapitating it, burning it, grinding it, and throwing the ashes into the winds… what for? what point are we trying to make? and how come we are NEVER able to scratch the surface when it comes to our real traducers?

    How come nigerians are ‘united’ in killing this small helpless rat, whose worst sin is perhaps that he’s a bit slow and outdated – just like 99% of our policemen, soldiers and civil defense personnel? If he was a big PDP or ACN politician, voices of dissent will spring up in his defense. Whereas I’m not defending the fact that he was a goofy and couldn’t remember his organization’s website – note that MOST public institutions in nigeria don’t even have one and when they do its moribund, such that the CEO uses a yahoo address for his email – i believe it is a bit over the top for music to be made of this guy’s misfortune, for nigerians based in USA and Europe to be doing all sorts of fascinating stuff with that guy’s stupidity.

    I would rather we direct this full force of the social media – which has the potential of liberating us as a people – towards our real traducers. we can be more coordinated, more strategic, more goal-oriented in what we achieve with the social media. its not all about jokes, laughter and ridiculing other people. Social media has several uses for us. we can share information, we can do investigative journalism, we can MOBILISE ourselves for just causes, we can increase our intelligence quotient, we can share great articles, we can MOBILISE to vote out crazy people in govt, we can use it to coordinate ourselves during elections and ensure no rigging and much more…

    So whereas i had a good laugh at that chap’s misfortune, i didn’t let it last till the next day. Alas, almost a week after, it now seems to be the major preoccupation of most of us on social media. Abeg free the man. When his children now get mocked over their father’s goof, when he himself gets suspended, when his wife also gets ridiculed, it should be obvious that we haven’t achieved anything. The children of our real oppressors are getting ‘elected’ to the House of Reps, are getting huge fuel subsidies in dollars, are getting appointed as ministers and commissioners. Oh how i wish we would realize the true potentials of social media in our milieu,. Its far more than jokes and ridicule. It is the present, and hold the key to our future. I say free Shem Obafaiye Sunday… or whatever his name is…

    • Lonpe

      March 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      #Gbam

    • IfeD

      March 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

      I wish there was a like button for this…..Nigerians forget that generation wasnt computer literate, we are the computer age so such info is at our finger tips. Ignorant pple who have never visited ministries or govt parastals do not know its still so old school hard copy – Paper files….Mighty NNPC – staff use yahoo acct and bring their laptops with their own service provider to work.
      While he should have kept mute and played the usual “I’ll get back to you on that” card, he did the typical thing Nigerians love to do – ITK….it was indeed funny but please lets move on to the next. I personal feel Channels presenters were QUITE unprofessional, also he did not deserve a suspension, anyone who says he does should understand he was a mere scapegoat, starting with the govs and senators talkless of the heads of such parastals there are many more like him….#myopinion

    • Madam the Madam

      March 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      I LOVE this comment.

  12. dami

    March 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    for a fact, the man should have gotten his acts together before coming on air as i assume it was not impromptu. but aint we really taking this too far. Channels did no wrong to me, but i guess the society we live in does not tolerate any form of mistakes. lets be careful though, wat goes around comes around too!!!

  13. sad!!!

    March 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    i feel for the guy and his family!Nigerians can over do things.some of you insulting him,ur parents ain’t even shittt.hiss.

  14. Bee

    March 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    If “my oga at the top” has taught us anything, its that mockery and ridicule can be a strong medium for subtle revolution. Mock on Nigerians, mock on!!!. These are the people running things in this country. These are the calibre of people at the top, and we wonder why nothing has changed in this country. The joke hasn’t gone far enough. Mock on. Expose them for the incompetent morons that they are. Same thing Oga at the Top Jona did on CNN. A global news channel. he was talking like a fisherman, abi palm wine tapper. he had no clue about what is going on in his own country. Please let us also rise up and use the internet to shame them about the state pardon. We have made noise about this Oga at the top, let us raise dust with this state pardon. Vive la Nigeria!!!!!

    • inori

      March 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you ! i agree 110%

    • Ides of March

      March 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

      Cosign! Time to shine the spotlight on everyone, we are not going to take mediocrity anymore! Anyone that is mismanaging his position from lecturer to minister, from gateman to stateman should be named and shamed. Get your cameras rolling people. Maybe at the end of the day we might yet see change in this country. It’s appalling when people use their position to exploit the helpless, case in point the 18 students who perished on their way to NYSC orientation. When is enough going to be enough?!!

  15. Omo Ghana

    March 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    He displayed his ignorance and incompetence for all to see… His suspension should be made permanent!!! The oga on the top sef…

  16. Chris Ayo Joseph

    March 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I think he deserved the suspension. After watching the video, the first thing that came to my mind was ..this dude should be suspended. Thank Goodness he got it. Obviously, this is a disgrace to the Nigerian Government. I’m very sure that Mr Shem was employed through an illegal way, while there are millions of educated graduates out there jobless. Again, I bet you that he’s likely not to know the full meaning of NSCDC if asked by the presenters. How i wish Channels TV can invite few top Government functionaries for interview, you’ll be amazed that most of them wont be able to recite the third stanza of the national anthem, let alone their ministry website address. God Bless Nigeria.
    @Chris_ayojoseph

    • Madam y

      March 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Hmm..Oga 3rd stanza of national anthem though,u sef fumble o! National anthem has only two stanzas!

    • David

      March 18, 2013 at 4:31 am

      The third one is African queen na

    • Rachael

      March 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Third stanza!!!!! The Nigerian national anthem has only 2.

    • me

      March 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Thats the point…. Im sure some of those govt officials wont know that there are just 2 stanzas…
      and they will be trying to take a shot at a third, nonexistent stanza

  17. lovelyn

    March 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I feel so sorry for the man! We sure do know ow to take things overboard in dis part of the world cos dats wot keeps us going. Lesson learnt, wen u dnt have an answer to certain questions its better u say so, so dt u dnt find ursef in dis kinda situation.. Pls people let’s stop dis, so as not to have a suicide case on our hands.

  18. mikel

    March 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I think so, dat man is nt most illiterate one among the ogas at the top, so they should allowed him to rest, he can speak a bit of english, and nigerians must understand date civil defence wasnt dat fashionable as of 90s nd early 2000s, so must of the officials were nt dat educated, it was when fed govt planned to take it over dat they started to recruit educated ones, I know one of the former commandant who was a sec school holder.

    • diamond

      March 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you.

  19. Tosin

    March 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    The commenters who think he was incompetent – you guys work in some elite organizations, or not in Nigeria. “My Oga” is a very Nigerian thing. It happened today, someone on the phone said of the company’s email that her oga would know (she’s the 2nd in command and of course doesn’t have access.) Few organizations in Nigerian truly have authority devolved beyond the Oga, and as for websites, I know few organizations that “use” the web. Someone might get a website made but it’s often not part of the business process (why? take your guess from computer literacy to power supply to who will load the credit to browse to unreliable network.)
    I enjoy the joke, I’m sure he won’t be fired fro doing his job, and I’m sure while an elite slice of you/us has seen the oyinbo way of doing things, we won’t snob the 99% of workers who talk like this oga.
    Respect.

  20. Queen A

    March 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Quite an embarasing situation both most civil servant are quite ignorant to issues relevant to their office.

  21. Demrat

    March 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’d like to ask that we do please be a bit more responsible with our use of social media specifically regarding the ‘Oga at the top matter’ it may have made for a good laugh in the beginning..but now its an overkill, with Tshirts, viral videos,pple following the man’s children on twitter…these have now become abit too heavy! His wife went to channels to protest his inability to sleep! Do we need a suicide case on our hands just for a few laughs?- pls let’s ‘keep it down!’..not to mention that we are further hurting our countrys image when we go viral with these..Pls be sensitive. End it! Don’t forward videos, any thing viral, don’t comment on websites etc. Help a man here afterall we all don’t get obvious things right all the time..sign ur name and forward if you agree.Thanks

  22. Cynthia Y

    March 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    What’s with the pity party for the incompetent public official? Have many have died due to the Nigerian “Oga on the top” syndrome used for corruption and negligence.
    Should we indulge in mail administration and poor public service ? Are top government officials more important than we the masses that suffer due to lack of responsibility and accountability by my government? Do you know how much people are ridiculed daily for one mishap or the other, or how many have sleepless nite just thinking of how to make it through the next day?

    More importantly is the question I came across in a broadcast( which to me is one of the most brilliant in a long time)
    Do you really think this has gone viral because people are in need of a good laugh?
    To which it was answered-
    Those videos, t-shirts, pictures and songs are all A SILENT BUT IMPRESSIVE show of PUBLIC PROTEST against all the “OGA ON TOP” officials that we have running our public offices like PHCN, FERMA, Water Board Corporation, Ministries of Health, Education etc( you all need to google the AkamIbom Ministry of Education Primary school pledge by the way Lol) Can we count how many lives lost due to profound negligence by these officials ?

    At this point if violent revolution cannot address these ills, because “war is not the answer” then please do let us revolt as peaceful as we can…. As is the case….I think the Nigerian Government is messing with the wrong generation so they can bring it on

    • kilipot

      March 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Ose jare. your head is there.

    • Ides of March

      March 18, 2013 at 4:06 am

      So on point Cynthia! Thanks for vocalizing it! Enough is enough!

    • Ginger

      March 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Cynthia. You have said it well. Our govt spends 58bn annually to maintain that organisation and they cant even give the public a credible leader. His DISHONESTY and incompetence has made a mockery of that organisation and yet people dare to cry ‘its unfair’. Sooo angry here. Cybercrimes are rife in Nigeria and yet the man in charge of combating it in Lagos State (the domain of cyber crime I would assume) does not EVEN KNOW HIS ORGANIZATION’S WEBSITE?
      Hisssss

  23. ij

    March 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    the my oga at the top issue is no longer about the man , it is a mirror into the caliber of leaders we have occupying top positions . The man represents all the other ogas on top who have no business leading anything.
    Nigerians are bitter ,its simply passive aggression on the part of Nigerians, the woman is appealing for her husband , who is appealing for the thousands of qualified, frustrated, hopeless Nigerians .
    We must learn not to accept mediocrity all in the name of pity.
    The interview was toe curling , even his oga on top will be ashamed of his so called subordinate

  24. Babbyone

    March 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    The guy chose to make that mistake and he made it.He had the option of postponing the interview if he was not ready for it.The consequences of his actions are his own making so let nobody interfere.
    However,he should not allow people ‘s comments to add to his predicament-it will pass cos Nigerians don’t keep things in vogue for long.
    We should all remember to learn from his mistake and let life go on till another event overtakes this one.
    He worked for the creation of the new phrase “my oga at the top” and he got it.There are more slangs used in the Nigerian official sections that are secretly creeping into the public life-my oga at the top is just one.

  25. Racso

    March 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Over time this man will unwittingly by his ineptitude serve as a lesson to all those in high office that in todays world, there will be no hiding place for incompetence and ultimately corruption to name just a few of the evils that stunts Nigeria’s growth. As harsh as this case may seem on Obafaiye Shem and his family, it is very important that the salient lessons from this event are not forgotten in a hurry. His Oga’s at the top and even those at the bottom will have to ask themselves in their own private moments, whether they know every thing they should know in order to do their jobs properly. They will have to ask themselves whether they are competent enough should they ever be called to give account of their office on national TV. Its not long ago that a national politician publicly thanked GEJ from bring Facebook to Nigeria. Or the President of the Senate suggested that perhaps the internet should be switched off in the face of the new army of critics that populate the Social Media sphere. For the nation to progress and develop, it cannot afford ignorance in the offices of state. The population at large rightly or wrongly look to the office of state and its public faces for leadership and direction. There is far too much at stake for Nigeria, that it can ill afford ignorance and incompetence within these offices of state. For every ignorant officer of state, there is yet another stunted growth path for the nation. Nigeria more than ever needs people of competence and intelligence. So if Obafaiye Shem has to pay the price of ignorance and incompetence by embarrasment then so be it. If he is to be the sacrificial lamb that begins to rid the nation of such ills, then it would be a price worth paying. Nigerians should never let the matter lie or forget #MyOgaattheTop it should be used by every citizen to remind themselves of what the modern world demands of them and what they should demand of themselves. After all how can Obafaiye Shem as a law enforcement officer do his job properly if he doesnt know the fundamentals of the Internet and modern technology? How can you fight crime, if you dont have access to the right information? How can you access the right information, if you are ignorant of the technology that carries that information? Never forget Obafaiye Shem.

  26. Musa

    March 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Many times, our first lady ‘ Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan has made bigger mistakes in public speaking, why hasn’t she been suspended too? If Mr Shem was suspended because of ‘ My Oga At The Top’ Slogan. I think the social media should also protest that Patience Goodluck Jonathan should be suspended from office for saying ‘ My Husband is the best couple on Earth’ or ‘” The Bombers who born them? Wasn’t it not a woman? They were once a children now a adult. Now they are bombing women and children making some children a widow. This alone is enough for suspension i think. Anyway, Nigerians should please free Mr Shem before we hear news that something else has happen to him. (Godforbid)!
    Me I be Musa… Abi you know ooooooooooooo!!!!

    • Laide

      March 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Lmaoooooo…u kept account of her jokes..reading them at once I also think she should be suspended

    • ope

      March 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      but did she actually say that?????? am shocked if she actually did

    • FEY

      March 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      The first Lady is NOT a Govt official, she is a wife of the president thats all. I am sure u don’t expect the president to FIRE his wife #JUSTSAYING

  27. dee

    March 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    oh really Nigerians?? we shld ease off on the man??
    Its because you all are just looking at the joke. I watched how he answered other questions asides the website one and it was horrible .Such a person shldnt be a commandant of anywhere not to talk of NSCDC. I feel pity for his children but if this is how we can get those at the top to do their jobs properly and sit up then so be it. Let us continue to ridicule any one who thinks they can say rubbish due to their positions and go free. abi How else can we change Nigeria? we will just be allowing sentiments into everything..
    just go and watch the other videos of this interview and you’ll wonder how he got that job in the first place.

  28. Cuteness

    March 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I’m sorry for his kids but for goodness sakes, how can we not ridicule the obviously ridiculous? This man has no business being where he is if he cannot give the name of his organisation’s website! This is more than a mistake, he didn’t sound educated to me generally, as for the “my oga at the top” comment, on a national breakfast TV show? Sorry but he has to go. Maybe now organisations will take more care in representing themselves in the media, shame on NSCDC.

  29. molarah

    March 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Trust Nigerians to start going soft when their actions for change start yielding desired results.

    The people that are looting millions earmarked for roads, education and health and letting several people wallow in misery, poverty and die untimely deaths in accidents – don’t they have families and children? Or when justice starts to take its toll on those ones will we also clamour for a ‘break’ for them? This is the price of carelessness at his job, though unfortunate it may be.

    As sad as this sack seems, one good effect is that everyone working at NSCDC, down to the sanitation officers, would have learnt and memorized the correct website of the organization. Baby steps, but sure progress towards the changed Nigeria we seek.

    As for me sha, that ‘oga at the top’ slang might not leave my lips for a long time. I’m still reeling in laughter over the video!

    • Ready

      March 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Ose. Thank you. Nigerians talk tough about revolution and wanting to get rid of corrupt leaders, but the bulk of us are not ready. If the myth is true of Ghana where all former military rulers were kept in a room and shot, do you think that could ever happen in Nigeria where we orchestrate getting rid of our corrupt politicians like that? No, because these softies will talk about families and stuff. Is it only good, competent, patriotic people that have families? Abeg!

  30. Ayo

    March 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The video didn’t cause him embarrasment, HE caused HIMSELF the embarrassment by being so bloody incompetent. Mmtschewwww.

  31. Thatgidigirl

    March 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Nobody is taking anything too far, as a matter of fact nollywood should produce a movie titled “my oga at the top”. It just shows the incompetence of most of our leaders, and the state of decay in the nation. Its like asking a bella naija staff what their website is, and he/she says that crap! I am sure that person would be fired the same day. I feel for the wife and kids, and its unfortunate that he made himself a scape goat at the expense of his family’s honor. Let them just hang in there, patience jonathan would soon divert attention……hopefully.

  32. Abi

    March 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    At first it was really funny. But people have a way of overdoing everything in Nigeria. This man is being bullied! And it’s sad. Why suspend him tho? Like seriously! I am tired of all d rubbish decisions our leaders make. Instead of them to educate their officials some more. No they punish him? Have u heard some of d funny / stupid answers some American politicians give? Have u heard of them suspend them for that? Nigerians over do everything jeeezzzz!

    • ktemi

      March 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      what r u even saying? its the government’s fault for not training its officials..but do you really think he is in any way competent for the job? if he a senior manager is acting this way, what hope do his subordinates have? & then u make things worse by saying people say worse in the US!!! please give examples let us see….silence is golden my dear, if you don’t have anything to say, sometimes its best to remember that!!

  33. Kathie

    March 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    am deeply sad about the national shame on this man and his family and i pray God to pull him and his family out of this same. and i will advice if he ever gets to read this : please nigerians are fund of forgetting things when new things happen, very soon they will be carried away by other things and forget about this. i feel pains for your kids and wife and even though its not fair judgement you got, let this draw u closer to God and not break you!!! so sorry for your kids going thru this! until you have felt real shame you will not feel this pain!

  34. kingsley afam

    March 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    It was a costly YES we all agree but I think Nigerian are taking this man mistake too far. Let lay off this issue for the sake of his family.

  35. NIRA

    March 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t understand Nigerians,we should lay off the joke? This is a call for justice,a cry against mediocrity at the helm of affairs, and ppl don’t think he should be sacked??? Every organisation has a PR unit which should handle interviews and the press,but the bosses want to appear on TV even when they don’t know how to handle the press. There’s no excuse for a state commandant not to know his organisation’s website. Remember that the issue was the use of fake websites to scam job seekers,and he couldn’t give us the real website? His wife should be ashamed, when he was promoted 3 times in one year,did she complain?? If you think we’re just joking,you probably don’t understand the hidden message. This is a cry against all the ‘ogas on top’ who sit on our rights!!! The fight against corruption will not be won if we feel sorry for the pepertrators. That’s all!!!!!

    • ella

      March 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      My baby geh! Chop knuckle biko! Mediocrity must go!!!!

  36. Big Ben

    March 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    @Kilipot thank you very much, our fundamental problem is Nigeria is sentiments hence the oh so popular “Do you know who I am?” or “Do you know who my father is?” comments that we hear day in day out. My late great principal once told us (the then students) one very important life lesson, “If you fail to prepare, be prepared to fail”. Mr Shem has no one to blame but himself, he deserves what he is getting in his professional life, as for his personal, well it’s a chance for him to make a teaching experience out of it, for one he can teach his children and his wife the merit and in this case demerit of preparedness, the value of taking responsibility for your action, the value of doing your job as opposed to just getting a job (Nigerians can all learn that lesson), the list is long…

    As for his wife, the nerve of her to storm Channels TV, to protest what exactly? that they did their jobs in informing the public the kind of leadership we have in one of our many parastatals? His likes of which I am certain there are many. Being a woman, wife and mother is no disability so please no sentiments to that regard, I have seen it exhibited one to many times by Nigerians. Yes her husband might not be the only one, but there was bound to be a scapegoat at some point. Heck Nigeria is the scapegoat for corruption in the world.

    Just to put things in perspective, do any of you remember this phrase “you can actually see Russia, from land, here in Alaska” if not then you probably remember this “I can see Russia from my house” the latter of which was actually said by Tina Fey from the top house of ridicule Saturday Night Live (SNL), the former was from Sarah Palin at a time when she was vying for the #2 position in America. It did not stop her from being ridiculed. More recently we had the “Binders full of women” phrase coined by then Presidential candidate Mitt Romney…google it to see the video, millions upon millions of hits.

    Leadership is service and it isn’t meant to be the easy thing, just take a look at the countless Wall Street CEO and top dogs that have fallen, that you fall doesn’t mean you failed, that you do not get up and try again is the real failure.

    That you couldn’t mention your organization’s website was not even the main issue for me, but that you could really answer the questions and just kept circumventing, you are not a politician, you are not even an elected official, you are appointed leave the circumventing alone, I won’t refrain from stating better answers you could have given, but Im sure if you came clean and even stated some of the flaws in your org that you are trying to deal with Nigerians would have rallied around you.

    PS: We keep saying there are no jobs, but this whole debacle points to one that is very glaring Public Relations, it is not only reserved for entertainers and celebs. A good PR team can straighten this guys image and make major bank for him out of this mess. Heck any PR could have even held a card with the organization’s website when he got stuck.

    If Nigerians want to laugh, let them laugh, it’s the least they can do considering…

    • Big Ben

      March 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Oh I forgot to mention, pidgin is the ultimate colloquial means of communicating in informal settings, but we need to be very careful not to bring it into some of our more formal conversations.

      the “My Oga at the top” comment is one example…and the fact that he kept going back to it shows he wasn’t even cognizant of it.

  37. Chi

    March 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    @kilipot You just nailed it!! We need change in Nigeria!

  38. nunu

    March 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I don laff tire since I heard “my oga at the top”, its really shameful that an officer doesn’t know his company’s website, he could have even formed something instead of embaraSsing himself and his family. Ride on naija, let the laughter continue to roll in.

  39. Vordina

    March 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Please Please Save a Soul by Advocating for the End of My Oga At The Top Sensation. Dear All, I’d like to ask that we do please be a bit more responsible with our use of social media specifically regarding the ‘Oga at the top matter’ it may have made for a good laugh in the beginning..but now its an overkill, with Tshirts, viral videos,pple following the man’s children on twitter…these have now become abit too heavy! His wife went to channels to protest his inability to sleep! Do we need a suicide case on our hands just for a few laughs?- pls let’s ‘keep it down!’..not to mention that we are further hurting our countrys image when we go viral with these..Pls be sensitive. End it! Don’t forward videos, any thing viral, don’t comment on websites etc. Help a man here afterall we all don’t get obvious things right all the time..Heard he’s even been suspended from work. Don’t u tink its time to stop???

    • Naija talk

      March 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      What are you on about really? You can’t tell people what to do or what not to do with internet they are paying for. Just the very problem with Nigeria. For change to come, there are sacrificial lambs. How do you people ever want to move forward if you keep taking 10,000 steps backward, after the first step forward.

    • Naija talk

      March 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      What are you on about really? You can’t tell people what to do or what not to do with internet they are paying for. Just the very problem with Nigeria. For change to come, there are sacrificial lambs. How do you people ever want to move forward if you keep taking 10,000 steps backward, after the first step forward. By the way, only Jesus saves souls!!!

  40. Bee

    March 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    So basically we should mock these old mofos out of power? Mock them to the point where the whole world is aware of how illiterate and foolish our leaders are? Mock them so bad, they are hesitant to show their faces, riding fancy cars n sh**, buying big houses, when half of them have no idea how to even communicate? Hmmm. Sounds good to me. Our parents generation, no disrespect, (but f*** it,f*** them all with their backward ass thinking, holding on to traditions of forefathers(bless em) who didn’t know any better), was and is a mess! These old guys need to GTFO…so if this kinda mockery brings light to the monkeys controlling our destiny, then mock em all. Cause MOST of them, aren’t any better than the illiterate who kisses the ass of his “oga at the top”…. And it wouldn’t phase me, if his “oga at the top” is worse than he is!
    Let me point out though, and hammer on the word “most”….as some of us have cool, knowledgeable, literate parents. I have ONE, some of us TWO, but the majority….ZERO! Mock these mofos out of here. Their time is up!

  41. AskMe. Datsall ;)

    March 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    In a society like ours, what the common ppl have as weapon against the ills in the society is their mouth, pen and cardboard so i don’t see any reason why the mockery should stop… Is a very satiric joke that criticize Shem being a commandant and his incompetence of such position. A man that doesn’t know what a website is, how can he tackle or accomplish the task that’s expected of him? BN if una no post my comment i go report una to my Oga at the top 😉

  42. olomi

    March 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Pls Nigerians let’s forgive this man’s display of ignorance on national television. He’s not the first to commit such blunder. A. Director in the ministry of justice where laws are to be interpreted was confused over his duties for which our taxes are being used to pay him. Somone also could not use the word fellow appropriately “my fellow widow” they were not nailed like this. Let anyone that will go on live tv be sure of himself and stop embarrasing this nation pls

  43. Dee

    March 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    in life you have two choices:
    1) sit down and cry over spilt milk or
    2) make the best opportunity of your situation

    Mr Obafaiye Shem has an opportunity to patent the ‘My oga at the top’ brand/phrase and reserve the sole rights for its use on any game, joke, song etc
    in other words, he can easily make millions or even billions from this.

    He can use this popularity to his benefit in many ways.
    In life, you have to learn to respond to the situation and not react, otherwise you miss an opportunity.

    CASE STUDY:
    Real madrid vs Man Utd (Champions League 2nd round knock out. Return leg at Old traffiord, March 4, 2013)

    The game was tied at 1-1 in the 1st leg (Man utd had an away goal advantage)
    Man utd take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd leg and are in full control of the game until Nani gets sent off in the 74th minute.

    whilst Jose Mourinho immediately smells blood and brings on Luka Modric, Sir Alex Ferguson is busy complaining to the 4th official and is not focused on the game.

    Luka Modric Scores the equalizer, whilst guess who (Christiano Rolando) scores the winner.

    Post match interview by Jose Mourinho: “The better team lost”

    ladies and gentlemen, life is a game, play it! (play fair and square)
    respond, don’t react.
    make the best use of your situation

    • Shio

      March 18, 2013 at 12:20 am

      you can’t patent a joke

  44. Pee

    March 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    As for me ℓ̊ careless o,wen u are called the head of a place pls live up to d name!ow won’t u know ur org website in Gods name?dat man s offence is a national embarrassment. ℓ̊ know ow ℓ̊ prepare wen ℓ̊ av a recorded Tv programme talk more of a live show. ℓ̊ guess he tot its biz as usual but here he is wit a shocker he dint see coming.for me he shud deal with it n it a lesson for his other nuisance cohort.its his busine one africa n kiliko ℓ̊ agree wit u.No time for iranu jare.

  45. Cee Frank

    March 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    One thing about us is that we are so indifferent to things that happen to other people. Everyone is busy creating unnecessary drama from this whole stuff but have we tried to imagine if we were to be Mr Shem or his family? Its a pity! From the first time, I had tried as much as possible to disassociate my self from even uttering that slogan cos I see what we create from it as absolute nonsense. Truth must be said, the presenter of the interview went over the over board. For pete’s sake, the interview was unprepared,the interviewer knew that Mr shem will never get the question right,instead of trying to calm the tension that has being stired and move on, rather he was busy indirectly making jest of the whole thing, trying too hard to be darling.wasting previous time forgetting that the whole stuff was an interview not investigation. Similar thing had happen when Chris Stobber was interviewing the director of technical education and fire service boss on separate occasions. Both were busy messing themselves up, but as a professional he was, he was employing subtle ways of creating balance, making assumptions where necessary to allow the interview move on. However, that never meant that we don’t know what happened. The man made a mistake which anybody can make anytime. Some of us don’t even know the name of the directors of the institutions where we work under talk more of the website. If they have decided to give him a suspension, good and fine. But constantly giving this stuff this kind of hype is what I don’t take. I have witnessed an interview were a doctrate degree holder was going for a top job in a university. He has answered perfecly and professionally the basic questions for the interview. Two miscellaneous questions was thrown to him, he answered the first one correctly. The second was for him to say the capital of Nigeria, he said Enugu with all seriousness and was busy repeating it. Everybody bursted into laugh even the man himself. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t get the job cos we are bound to make mistakes, unnecessary mistakes!. Please let’s leave this man alone.

  46. Stella Kashmoney

    March 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I think Nigerians have taken this joke a little too far as usual. Let’s give it a rest now thanks.

  47. chikaodi

    March 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’m jst passing wit tricycle, I dnt want to say anything now & my oga at the top will say another. Naija jaga- jaga.

  48. Evang. Chris Onyeji

    March 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    My Name is Onyeji C.C. Director of ALADDIN Africa. I truelly feel for Him. In the other way round He is now, a very Great asset to his Organization. Yes he made a mistake in a few minuet now he has formulated a Trade Mark and marketed his Organization throughout the country and in the Diaspora. His mistake has a turn around publicity. After all who even know His Oga’s Name or considered his Organization with importance. Today, My Oga at the Top and His Organization is now a House Hold Name in homes, Schools, in Government and Social Networks, within and in Diaspora. Infact it is also a Show of respect to Due Process. Reserving the Oga the absolute right and priviledge of declaring a certain administrative publication. I mean who can remember the last statement made by any member of his Organization. If you say it’s a mistake, who is above mistake? Who has not made a mistake before?. Who is the one? Who always score 100% in all exams. Why must he be punished or jest at, for failing one question out of so many? Was he accused of any Criminality? Infact, as i write this, who ever sponsored his suspension will lose his job if he did not recall him with adequate compensation.! Nigerians please let’s be honest.

    • bimz

      March 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Mr Man/woman, quit yarning dust, what do you mean anyone can make that mistake, he has no excuse, what stopped him from being prepared? People like you are the reason why Nigeria remains a Big JOKE, Shior. #By their words you shall know them, birds of a feather……

  49. 'Mide

    March 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The punishment he is currently receiving as a national celebrity is adequate. I am not sure why he has to be suspended. The experience should have been used as a teaching moment for him and his colleagues. I feel for the kids and the wife though.I guess the embarrassment is part of the cost and benefit that comes with having a relative with a public position.

  50. Adams

    March 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Good for him…i only feel for the ridicule his family is going through.putting literally an un-educated person at the helm of affairs….he should be demoted to a field agent.SUCKER!

  51. Sparkle

    March 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Leave which man alone abeg? Someone who is supposed to be d lagos state commandant doesn’t know the website for his organization? Really? D fact dat he doesn’t know it is not just d problem, but he tried to use ogboju to shut them up from asking. If he said i dnt know it, it wouldn’t av been this big a joke. . For heaven sake, it just shows d level of incompetence and definately doesn’t know his job. Millions of graduates are just looking for a small opportunity to prove themselves but dnt av such luck, and the pple occupying d so called positions dnt know wat they are doing there!!! . The whole thing is a big joke. What’s d assurance dat even his oga at d top knows it? He should just swallow d shame and learn more or just resign. Millions of potentials are wasting away

  52. Mama Mia

    March 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Ok, let’s stop this at once! I thought it would be like the sweet brown video thing in America where we will all have a good laugh and go back to our lives including. Him, but, if it goes beyond that, then I’m afraid we need to put an end to it. And i’m very irritated over the sack. As whatever he said is a product of what our country supports. For christ’s sake half of our citizens can’t even sing the national anthem especially those in power.but, then again Ignorance is no excuse. Let’s look at it from his family’s perspective and stop being cyber bullies!!!

    • Ready

      March 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Oh my freaking God. Sweet Brown is just a woman. Not a top commandant in the civil service. Sweet Brown has no responsibility to you or the country; Sweet Brown is not being paid with American tax money. Do you get the difference? We’re not just laughing…by prolonging it, we’re prolonging the shame of our public servants and leaders, and hoping that they develop themselves so they can use our money wiser and be able to serve us better. How are people getting sentimental and being blind to the obvious? There has to be a scapegoat, Mr Shem, it’s you.

  53. ItsModella

    March 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    If I hear. He deserves everything he is getting. Typical Nigerian attitude, being sentimental with everything. That is why we are still where we are, that’s why we’re still in this poor and wretched condition. Because we get so sentimental and accept what we see like muppets. We keep on pitying all the ogas at the top even when they don’t reciprocate the gesture. They treat us like crap but yet we pity them. We accept incompetence and mediocrity all in the name of pity. And that is why the ogas at the top keep fücking with us and our intelligence because they know that at the end, we’ll put on our sentimental hats and pity them.

    We are our own worst enemies in this game of deceit called politics in Nigeria. The earlier we wake up and smell the coffee, the better for us.

    The news about his wife going to Channels to rant is fake. But I still feel for them and whatever they might be going through but that is what comes with living with a public office holder. If this was in America, you’d never hear the end of it. If this was Tonto Dike, Justin Beiber or Sarah Palin, nobody would be singing the tune of pity but I’m meant to cut him some slack cos he has a family? like Tonto Dike and co don’t have families. Oh puh-lease!!!

  54. Mama Mia

    March 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Sorry o for the typo errors didn’t have the patience to read through…

  55. Na wa

    March 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    No no no,they ain’t taking anything too far.They should watch Jon Stewart show,Colbert report and the likes and see how they make fun anyone who messes up..They will get pass that,it’s just a matter of time.Welcome to the world of media and Technology!

  56. Bee

    March 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Nigerians and sentiments. We must attach emotions to everything. This level of incompetence is killing our children’s education in government schools, it is killing our people in hospitals, killing our people with the kind of police force “protecting” our lives. Should I say more. If a public official gaffed like this in the UK. The people will call for his resignation. So, why are we Africans so emotional. Pity party everywhere. mschew. Suspended nikan ko, he should have been fired. Full stop. If he said, I’m sorry, I don’t know the website, and I don’t want to misinform the public, that would have been sufficient, and no one would have heard about the interview sef, but the man was still arguing, wait wait, no no, let me tell you. THAT WAS WHY THE CHANNELS TV INTERVIEWERS, called out his ass. So, they were NOT been unprofessional. He wanted to hang himself, they simply gave him the rope. Shey he was arguing with them abi, as if he was going to say the right thing, and they weren’t giving him the chance. So of course, they gave him the chance, and he disgraced himself. Please whose fault is that? Enough of the pity party please. Mock on Nigerians. Mock on. These are the people at the top controlling our destinies. Shame is a very powerful tool. PEOPLE USE IT.

  57. Richard

    March 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    God just dey catch all the fake leaders wey dey lead us weytin be the meaning of My Oga At The Top nigria may God help us

  58. Truthhurts

    March 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I just wanted to read thru the comments and move on but couldn’t help but put a few words, I think we Nigerians are missing the point, I feel for Mr Shem’s family, but the “Oga on the top” was not the only issue here, thousands of Nigerians were ripped off through a website that was supposed to be handled by somebody, when asked what was being done, he kept on pushing it off saying it was a question for another dept, people tuned in to the interview only to get answers instead they didn’t have the answer the questions they seek. It’s everywhere, banks, schools, hospitals, that’s why so many Nigerians die from ignorance everyday and then we blame the system. He should have at least prepared himself for the interview “impromptu” or not. As for social media, we have no control over what goes viral and what does. This interview highlights the problem in the system.

  59. igwe felix uchenna

    March 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    pple try to tell our leader to wakeup and.do the right that we it hss gone so far around the country bcos if it were a normal citizen nobody we do this.naija is also tell them we are nomore living in ignorance as of b4.

  60. iba

    March 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    What is the job of a Public Relations Officer in a company? This should be a big lesson for those who sit in high places and are simply clueless. Those days are long gone.

  61. settled

    March 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    The guy needs a MAX Clifford. He would forget the ridicule and NSCDSC job and make lots of money. Commercial advert, ring tones, comedy. Please let me know his mobile number. We would start from the UK where I reside, where his comment has gone viral. After 6 months he would thank God that his error has changed him. The children and the wife will forget the ridicule as well.

  62. chi chi amaka

    March 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Abeg everyone should laugh at him joor! What nincompoop takes a government job and decide to appear on television to speak rubbish. It’s evident his oga at the top put him there as a means to chop money. It’s 2013 NIGERIA! WHEN THEE HELL WILL we stop tolerating ILLITERATE PPL in government positions making the entire country seem like idiots. His wife is just as dumb im sure the day before she we as bragging instead of role playing w her husband so he can be sharp on tv show. Does she know the website herself? Nobody is to blame he and his oga should be fired let them go back to school!

  63. i no send

    March 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    if he dies like goldie i hope no one abusing him here will begin to say nice things the….think about it people??? he has a family….leave him alone …focus the same energy you use on cracking jokes and printing tee shirts in bringing official looters like Alams to justice……their crime is far more gteivous than not knowing your official website

  64. sunki

    March 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    How about a presidential pardon….. that should solve our problems

  65. Blakky

    March 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    It’s so typical of Nigerian officials to be more concerned about collecting bride than knowing important information about their jobs…Obviously this guy will be a pro when it comes to taking bride but when it comes to knowing a simple website address he does not know #kmt

  66. Vow comfort

    March 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I think nigeria are taking dis joke too far.no man is above mistake.if P J can,dat mean anybody can do d same thing

  67. gr3i

    March 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    So Uh ohm ok………. That’s all! Well if he is a state commandant and he doesn’t know the website of his organization and the name of his Oga at the top, then he is not serious. How did he get to that post?

  68. Debs

    March 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Bad interview, yes. He is obviously not well educated, yes. But how would you feel to have your mistake being made fun of nationwide. We need to put ourselves in his shoes, and let the jokes stop. On shirts and now a music video? Nah. It was taken out of hand. Enough already.

  69. Dona

    March 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    If you don’t want to laugh then don’t. But don’t come here and tell people what should constitute comic relief for them. If he had done a good job would his family not be proud? Let them likewise share in his shame. It is true that people make mistakes but this fiasco was not a mistake. A simple I don’t know would have saved him 80% of this embarrassment.
    But considering that the topic of discussion was the use of fake websites of his organisation to dupe job seekers, he deserves the suspension. No one helps him spend his salary. If you feel sorry for him then watch the video again.

  70. Tymix

    March 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    ppl are taking this joke too far. How many ppl’s parents will do better? How many ppl’s parents are savvy about internet use? What real gain is it to us if this man is replaced with a more technology and internet conscious man but who is so corrupt he does nothing?

  71. fola

    March 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Abeg – why should he not be made fun of !! – He was not forced to do the interview, neither was he chained to the sofa. No-one forced him to open his mouth and speak nonsense. He could have chosen to say he didn’t know or that he would check and get back to them – but oh no, he wanted to show them who he was. I commend all the Channels TV interviewer’s/journalists exposing the mans ignorance. How he got to be commandant a high level within the organisation with so little knowlegde is a typical Naija malaise of ‘who you know/connection/political appointment’ syndrome. If he was going to do an interview about false websites he should have done his homework ! what did he think they were going to talk about. The weather !!. Those saying it is overboard should kindly explain how it did please – am all ears. It should be the fact that you have a job because you are knowledgable not because you ‘know the oga at the top’ !!

  72. praise

    March 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Pls u guys shld stop all dis rubbish talk,who amongs u is above mistake !! Its true dat its very shameful 4 a commandant not 2 knw d website of his organisation buh den its possible dat maybe he didn’t understand d question or maybe he was tensed up. If u watch d interview closely,u ll observe dat he was saying something diff 4rum wat he was asked . I feel so much 4 his family esp his kids , d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ might even turn around 2 look down on their father. Dis joke MUST stop. No body is perfect and nobody is above mistake…….let us not send an innocent man 2 an early grave. PLEASE!!!

  73. Buka4

    March 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I dnt c anytin in d jokes. He disgraced our country and has 2 dance 2 d tune *singin* OGA @D TOP…CHICKICHIKI…OGA @D TOP….
    Its jst he’s kids i pity but it shld teach dem all a lesson.

  74. Chik

    March 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I would have liked to buy that dress but I’m afraid that my Oga @ d top might think I’m being extravagant yet again.School fees!!!!!

  75. Milani Eze

    March 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Taking things too far is what Nigeria does best. That said, the man is ignorant and that is the problem we have in this country… ignorant, unqualified people in undeserved positions of power.

  76. aderonke

    March 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    ℓ̊ rily pity ϑ man.can imagine wot he w̶̲̥̅ιℓℓ ß goin thru wif his family.youths ☀̤̣̈̇f dis nation,its time we put an end 2 dis mess b4 all dese jokes cause dis man his life.let us stop dis criticism b4 sumfin bad happens.majority ☀̤̣̈̇f our fathers can’t speak G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D̅ english but yet dose kind ☀̤̣̈̇f pple A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ ϑ ones making jest ☀̤̣̈̇f dis man.pls b4 U̶̲̥̅̊ make others feel bad,ß sure U̶̲̥̅̊ av a clean nd clear conscience.stop dis molestation nd help build a beta nigeria.

  77. ope

    March 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    uhm…………… i laughed so much myself but it got to a time i felt really sorry for the guy. He was just unfortunate, so many people in his position dont even know the websites of their company either. I also blame d interviewers on channels TV, when they realized the guy did not know the right answer to the question they should have left him. He was ridiculed because they kept drilling him like he was going to be paid for the interview. Please lets just let go so this guy and his family will experience peace once again.

  78. osa

    March 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    He is suspended by Oga at the top. Na wa o

  79. Dahiru hanyine

    March 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Shoo make una live oga at the top make hin rest now. Hin own better now dan the so-called first lady dat has course great embarrasment to the country both home and abroad.abeg make una live oga at the top to rest

  80. Bassi & company

    March 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    NIGERIANS !!! THIS IS THE ONLY WEAPON THAT SEEMS TO BE GETTING THEM SO FAR! MOCK ON!!!!!!ONLY ENEMIES OF THIS COUNTRY WILL ASK US TO STOP! WE HAVE PROTESTED, FOUGHT, SLEPT ON MATTRESSES ON THE ROAD IN PROTEST ALL AROUND THE WORLD! “OGA AT THE TOP S WORKING” …….THIS IS OUR NEW EFFECTIVE WEAPON LETS USE IT, DON’T GET SOFT!

    • flamex

      March 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

      obviously am with uu but wat about d children and his wife?

  81. Naija talk

    March 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    BN please confirm whether or not Mr. Obafaiye’s wife went to Channels TV to protest. Some reports are saying that the story is false. Please confirm as the woman is already being labeled. Thanks

  82. Jon clinton

    March 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    That’s what we are saying, Nigeria government should be putting round peg in a round hole, that man is an empty vessel, he knows nothing, I mean nothing about the organization that he’s heading in lagos…..Okay, come to think of it, let just assume that someone went for this civil defense employment interview and he or she was asked ‘ what’s the website and the name of your state civil defense commandant and he or she doesn’t know it, am pretty sure that he or she has lost the job… Not to talk of this higher ranking officer that doesn’t know their website nd the name of his boss in federal ( WHAT A SHAME ). I wonder how he manage to get to that post……anyway its Nigeria ( everything is money and politics )…Let the fool Die if he wants to…there still many of them….likewise those nominees for minister the other time that couldn’t recite national anthem.

  83. Cheese

    March 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    The man is just one of the many people occupying positions they are not qualified for in this country. Too bad he was the scapegoat.cI only feel sorry for his kids, tbh. So, man can’t sleep eh? lol. I’m genuinely upset. These unqualified government officials have no problem sleeping when they’re spending money they shouldn’t be. Suddenly their actions catch up with them and we’re the bad guys because ‘everybody makes mistakes’? I beg. This was just complete and utter ignorance.

  84. Laolu

    March 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    First, he should be suspended at all. Thats just silliness from the oga at the top.
    Second, he should not feel ashamed at all. yes he was a little ignorant of basic things he should know but come on, this should be sort of a celebrity thing dont we all think so?

    look at sweet brown in the states (“aint no body got time for that”) she is making loads of money from commercials with that catch phrase now. or the “hide your kids hide you wives” guy, Antoine Dodson. He should find a positive spin onto this situation and stop feeling ashamed about it.

  85. taiwo

    March 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    even though the man was ignorant i do not think he should be suspended a type of punishment should be given and we should ease of on the joke a bit atleast because of the children and the wife put urself in the position and ur family in that position not every could take what u can take although i would still like the shirt sorry lol but bullying is not a good thing for the kids and adults so just take it easy. everyone is frustrated about hw things are in naija but do not take it out on this man. i am warning now when the man will go kill himself everyone would not start feeling sorry especially these sharp mouths. and i beg u for the kids aleast.#takeiteasy

    • taiwo

      March 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      * everyone would now start to feel sorry*#meant

  86. Me

    March 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Am pretty sad…and yes i think ‘we’ have taken it too far!

  87. bola

    March 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I seriously tink some ple talk witout reasoning.all dis ple writin and givin stupid comment wanna say D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥’v neva make mistake b4.civil defence nor police is nt sumtiin Ʊ go 2 skul for,ple enter civil defence wit secondary skul certificate and wil definately b promoted 1 ϑάў.I tink any resonable h stop dis joke and do beta tins wit dia time.

  88. bbb

    March 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Nigerians have taken the joke too far, after all he is not the only government official that has ever made a grammatical blunder. in the likes of Obasanjo, yar’adua, Patience and Jonathan Goodluck have made lots of blunder yet their family are not been embarrassed. Nigerians should rather think of making how their country would be cleanse of corruption and bad reputation in the world.

    • Ready

      March 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

      I really don’t wanna get rude because people like you are the problem. You’re evidently not looking beyond the obvious. It’s not a grammatical blunder, he didn’t even gbagaun…this is a website used to recruit new employees, it’s the first portal for people who need information about his agency, and he’s the PR person. Do you not see that he’s not doing his job well? Do you not see that his incompetence can cause headaches for millions of people? Those of you defending him need to realize that if you need to use his office, Obafaiye Shem, the top PR guy cannot help you…if he can’t, who can then? That is the problem.

    • Seun Oke

      March 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      I am ashamed of you really. How can you compare him to Obasanjo who is a good communicator. The problem was not grammatical blunder. The problem was that he was inarticulate and ignorant!

  89. Zara

    March 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I knew it would end like this. Nigerians and “pointing fingers”. So what if the man made those blunders? Is this the right way to correct him? Some of us can’t even sing the national anthen properly…but we get mouth. Jokers!!!

    • e-bukun

      March 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

      ‘da hell are you talking about? This has nothing to do with that. Please tell me you know the website of your school or workplace (if they have one), and please tell me you don’t say stuff like “my oga” in formal interviews. The terms “boss” or “supervisor” or “employer” would be more appropriate. So take notes instead of encouraging the foolery.

  90. Fravian

    March 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Uhnnnnnnnnn…..speechless speechless dts ow u mke feel……feel 4d kids.

  91. Nk

    March 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    The country is hard, graduates go out everyday in search of a job and there is none, no okada again, people are really suffering and my oga at the top coulnt have come at a better time, to ease the tension a bit. People will let go @ their own time, it will pass ,sorry to your family but lets not get too sentimental about it, u messed up real bad

  92. samson sati

    March 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    hmmmmmm wat a shame. Buh is this the first time we have noticed this? Ok plz i advice u all to take a look at any interview wif the first lady of our country. There an then we will knw that he is even beta. Lets cut the crap nd stop the joke. Plz.

  93. Abu Deco

    March 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    What this man did is normal in interview. Why dnt u ppls give the full interview insted of 3 minute interview? I guest this 3 minute is not all.

  94. ola

    March 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    No one is above mistake,pls y’all should give him a break,for the sake of his kids pls….

  95. Y.M.E

    March 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Why do I keep hearing people talk about being fair and what not. Millions in our beloved country suffer daily because of incompetent people like this man occupying positions they hardly know anything about. If this was another country, he would have been fired IMMEDIATELY after that embarrassment of an interview – him and his “oga at the top”! If he really cared about the embarrassment he has brought upon his family let alone Nigeria as a country, he should have resigned the post and issued a public apology – him and his “oga at the top”! If any body should be blamed for what ever he and his family are going through… it should be himself and his “oga at the top” for hiring and fronting such incompetence to the nation. If really his wife went to Channels to protest… then, it goes to show how low the average Nigerian has sunk mentally including those feeling sorry for them. If he feels any bit embarrassed BY HIS SHOW OF SHAME, he should resign and issue a public apology – him and HIS “OGA AT THE TOP”!!!! rubbish!.

  96. Maryam Yusuf

    March 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    My thoughts are especially with Mr Shem’s children. The only mistake he made is not accepting his ignorance and by trying to cover up exposing himself to ridicule. Nigerians needed some comic relief from all the hardship of daily life, and they got it…..let’s move on. I think people are making a mountain out of a mole hill and I hope the reports of a suspension are untrue. A country that can pardon a crooked Governor has no moral right to suspend a man for a stupid reason as a TV interview gaffe.

  97. Aigbe.

    March 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    This is a national embarrassment, ‘my oga at the top’ shud be lay on a flat table, hands & legs tied, given 500 hundred stroks of cain until hs bombom starts pilling off.

  98. Blessing fowler

    March 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I think the country has lost it! The man goofed, we all laughed, but seems people are taking it too far. Suspension/ sack? What’s the criminal offense here please? Even people in private establishments goof all the time. We all know the civil service workers are not inclined to use IT for most of thier activities (not that it gives the man an excuse though). We have the right to laugh and then learn from it and not now take it beyond proportion . Well, should I be surprised from the citizens of a country in which ALU community is found. Why not ask for his blood as a punishment!

    • Meseko

      March 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Good talk. How I wish we put ourselves in the shoes of this unfortunate officer. There is a Yoruba adage that says … Mad people are delight to watch but no one desires to have them as children. Nigerians are delighted @ the jokes but who among us would want to be suspended or sacked for such a mere mistake. We all make mistakes daily. If all our mistakes were to be recorded and transmitted on Tv, there will be no one to ridicule others because we will all be guilty.

  99. yinka

    March 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Eff that! joke around and take it as far as possible i say. Do you guys not realize how many people are suffering and dying everyday because of ignorant people like this? this is just plain evidence that our beloved country has been ruled over by the same punks since she got her independence! even a 5 yrs old kid in western countries can make articulate statements but not this old fool, hiss. Still funny though, my oga at the top lol rubbish

  100. gosh

    March 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Suspending him is of no use……Please Fg should forgive him

  101. debdara

    March 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

    BELLA PLEASE READ: apart fromthe #myogaatthetop#phrase the man(Mr shem)is so unintelligent. He dint answer his questions with wisdom, he was ignorant and he kept talkin&gesticulating which was very silly. The phrase cant be laid to rest. it shows how un analytical&illogical most people in delicate govt positions are&pls if its affecting the family how does that help the rate of poverty&unemployed graduates in nigeriaa. And pls. If the wife truly went to channelsto protest, on what basis?. It shows something, mumu+mumu in a marriage&if the children are embarrased, its normal u share from the blessings&curses of ur parents.

    • Grace

      March 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

      lol…..u are funny…Nigerians are really not fair.lol

  102. Y.M.E

    March 18, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Why do I keep hearing people talk about being fair and what not. Millions in our beloved country suffer daily because of incompetent people like this man occupying positions they hardly know anything about. If this was another country, he would have been fired IMMEDIATELY after that embarrassment of an interview – him and his “oga at the top”! If he really cared about the embarrassment he has brought upon his family let alone Nigeria as a country, he should have resigned the post and issued a public apology – him and his “oga at the top”! If any body should be blamed for what ever he and his family are going through… it should be himself and his “oga at the top” for hiring and fronting such incompetence to the nation. If really his wife went to Channels to protest… then, it goes to show how low the average Nigerian has sunk mentally including those feeling sorry for them. If he feels any bit embarrassed BY HIS SHOW OF SHAME, he should resign and issue a public apology – him and HIS “OGA AT THE TOP”!!!! rubbish!.

  103. smart

    March 18, 2013 at 12:44 am

    #singing# If u ask me na who I go ask….#my oga at the top# the website wey channel ask so www. nscdc … hmmm that all ee plenty for mouth..but them don suspend me na who I go beg…#my oga the top#….lMao.. Ndi ala.

  104. dammydre

    March 18, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Agreed d man made a mess of his office
    A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ organisation bt pls think about d lasting effect n stigma dis wld bring his family…it could av happened †̥♥ a member of Ʊя̲̣̥ family too…bt them let d man turn it around n claim d brand name….

  105. Anon

    March 18, 2013 at 3:34 am

    If only the president was ridiculed half as much for going on international tv and confidently telling lies to Christiane Amanpour!

  106. Adisa Umudede

    March 18, 2013 at 3:49 am

    If Sarah Palin can capitalize on her ignorance so can my guy. Someone should represent him and help him capitalize on this notoriety. He is probably the most recognized face in Nigeria right now. Someone who knows how to manage talents need to reach out to him. I feel for his family though.

  107. Ari L.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Mediocrity is what is being punished!

  108. nabedogaatdtop

    March 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Cynthi. God go bless you for weytin you talk, na wa for some people coment ooo dem just dey yan okpata tomorrow dis same people go dey talk say naija go carry people wey nor know anything put officenow you see one instead to talk thru una dey bend una mouth. See make I tell una baba God wey dey ontop dey watch una #gbam#

  109. flamex

    March 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Nigerian!!!i wonder y we are fully interested in sum1 downfall……..civil defence s nt a graduate job then…i believe in d 90s it s more of school sat…Think of d children and the wife and stop d joke after all it s nt funny 2 me just a joke 2 bring sum1 down…And more over who d hell dat oga be dat suspended him on wat??He s nt a real leader cos u must cover up 4 ur follower and scold him later

  110. e-bukun

    March 18, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I think this entire process is amazing. Look how quickly we’ve used social media to highlight a portion of our warped public system and how it’s forced the authorities to respond. Now let’s use that same force somewhere else. I think if we made a big issue of the issues that really affect the wellbeing of our nation state then it would even be better. It’s about time we hack down on our incompetent leaders.
    So, do I feel sorry for this man? Not really…someone had to be the example. I think officer Shem should be proud that he served to expose the ignorance of our leadership. He is the example of the kind of people we do not want in our public service. Officer Shem, don’t be sad, don’t be blue; we know better now, all cuz of you!

  111. mido

    March 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

    The joke can neva b enof…nigerians are only celebrating him as far as I am concerned.dnt b surprised,u will also use d slang someday…pls free nigerians,let them hav dia fun while it lasts..dis will b a lesson to odas who think even witout qualification,they will hav dia way wit d help of their OGA AT THE TOP…dats all

  112. freedave

    March 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    You don’t need to get to the top befor you see this song’! #Rap Scandal by @Kaystritz or google Rap Scandal. Eshey eyin temi at the top level!

  113. kikelomo

    March 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Yes oh lets have fun….even as the issue of MY OGA AT THE TOP is going viral….
    A lot of Nigerians r still not aware…..as for me i jus heard it yesterday’s nite….cos i jus came into town…..after dinner one of my daughters walk up to me and said mummy have u heard abt d story of my oga at d top…b4 i cud ansa everybody burst into laughter….i was like no..was dat suppose to mean…n my daughter said let me tell u d story….that was how she narrated d story n even showed me the video on youtube……instead of him to say i i dont know or form it properly…d man was there telling the interviewers dat MY OGA AT THE TOP…..ww.nscdc dats all……i burst into laugh…can u imagine dat…haba…dat mistake is

  114. kikelomo

    March 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Typos r allow….d mistake was queit too much…no one watches d video that will not laugh….c’est ne pa possible….please lets our fellow Nigerians have fun for d time b…at least it will relief somethg frm some people…….now i av to rush rush to d office b4 MY OGA AT THE

  115. Bekky

    March 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I totally agree with Wale.

  116. kikelomo

    March 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

    MY OGA AT THE TOP ….comes in.

  117. de-maiden

    March 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

    4years ago senatorial election 4 different candidate could not recite our national anthem and they all won, Alamesyea a criminal is comin out for senate, NFF already bought a return ticket for our super eagles b4 d match against Ivory coast nottin happened then just bcos of english error of a civil defence corps mr obafaiye shem a.k.a my oga @ d Top to his comment on channels tv! Nigerians its not fair

    • Grace

      March 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

      lol…..u are funny…Nigerians are really not fair.lol

  118. charity lounge

    March 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

    chastecharity.org on behalf of d family appeals to public spirited organisation and individuals to stop the OGA AT THE TOP SYNDROME

  119. Magz

    March 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    i think some people are forgetting something; he is nscdc commandant for lagos state. A whole commandant & he couldn’t say the website? come on people! It’s like a bank’s branch manager not knowing his/her bank’s mission & vision or a governor not knowing the national anthem. The only people i pity are his wife & kids. He should have been prepared for that interview. if you’re going for an examination, you read & prepare & try not to mess up. A commandant of an organisation for a whole state couldn’t say the website that might help millions of unemployed youths avoid being scammed and you’re here saying the interviewers were unprofessional?
    Like someone said, the fact that he goofed on national TV doesn’t mean he should hang himself, that isn’t the end of the world.
    And if Nigerians find this as a comic relief, they should continue laughing please. I still laugh anytime i watch the video. the man said ww. not even www. Please i will laugh if i want to

  120. pynk

    March 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    the dude set himself up for failure, he could have simply said wait, i wrote it down let me get it. And he would have read it off a piece of paper. Albeit the dude probably didnt grow up with computers and all that jazz, but he was even fronting like he knew too. thats the saddest part.

  121. Cynthia Y

    March 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

    People still calling this Oga on Top debacle and its after math a JOKE, are obviously far from where we are going to. I can’t wait to see Nigeria and its government becoming accountable for ALL its actions.
    .Kill point You killed the point ….ADVICE , Lets us carry out all our duties responsibly be it domestic or professional ( at home or at work ). What happened to dignity in labor? I bet Mr ‘Oga on Top’ Shem comes to work at 12pm, then barks orders at his subs and leaves at 3pm , knowing that he never really needs to account for his input …….. How then can he know his organization’s website Nigerians are selfish and don’t like to think about the future, if his gaffe had cost people money and the life of a loved one come comments would have gone the other way ………Please let us forget sentiments and advocate change, comments at showing mercy doesn’t make one more patriotic or religious than the rest

  122. Grace

    March 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Yes,we are taking it too far i am even tired of it.Yes it was a blunder(if i ,ay use that word)committed by the man but please for crying out load anybody can be a victim of that(doesnt mean that when are a a commandant of NSCDC or more than that of any organisation )doesnt mean u shouldnt be well read. The problem is he isnt well read. The job is basically like a free job. Its just so unfortunate but i think Nigerians should please give it a break please. Especially the fact that it got a music and crested T.shirt does that mean to say people aint talented on their own or they are just waiting for something to happen so they can go the studio and produce something stupid and all that. personally i am tired of it.

  123. Timi

    March 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Enough already! Abeg ‘free’ My Oga At The Top!!! Na wetin? Even presidents (including my beloved Obama) had their moments on live TV! news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/07/07/35/biggest-presidential-race-gaffes

  124. Bella

    March 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Personally, I feel bad for his family (wife and kids) for the ridicule they are going through, nobody deserves such. However, on that same note, as a man he should take the consequences of his actions period! For that and the role he plays, its time to rid Nigeria of such rubbish and any other african country of people that have been rotting in positions for over a decade. We have youth who know what to do and are willing and able but due to “Oga’s at the top”, corruption prevails and able bodied young and educated men and women are no where near getting jobs. They the Ogas at the Top aka FAT Cats continue to earn salaries for what, God knows! Their incompetence and corruption should be exposed and exposed it will. If they have any brain at the top, they need a young good PR Company to turn this around and make money for the departmetn to send their useleff staff on training. They must be EXPOSED AT ALL COSTS. Enough is enough with all this incompetence in Africa.

  125. Mpho

    March 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    How terrible, shame. But in all fairness to him, he is an army commander, what business does he have with websites? He is concerned with matters of state and intelligence stuff, not websites. He should’ve done his homework yes but to suspend him over something that doesn’t have anything to do with his job description or performance on his role as commander is a mistake I think. People make blunders in public all the time, it happens.

  126. Silver bubbles

    March 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Oh please! don’t make reference to ppl in countries where the gap between the rich and the poor is obviously visible, let the ridicule continue…….do you have any clue whatsoever how much is spent in maintaining these agencies and having one committee or the other set up each day to run their activities? Shut it already prince or princess Aladdin….now bagels a is setting up a committee in d state against RUMOR MONGERING ……..like seriously let’s be as verbally brutal as we can be.

  127. Silver bubbles

    March 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I meant to say BAYELSA

  128. Madam the Madam

    March 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    All of you should ease off the man. You guys have flogged the dead horse to bits, and now his wife and kids are suffering for it. Yes, he goofed but in my opinion, a lot of people in our parent’s generation are not internet savvy. I honestly don’t get what the big deal or all the noise is about, but anything for laughs and jokes I guess.

  129. nikita

    March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Well for me enough is enough already abah we all make mistakes in life but the truth is that in Nigeria, we are always looking for the next man’s error.. I wish him the best and this is an eye opener for everybody.. Lets pay attention to the little details that seems not to matter.. “slum-dog millionaire”

  130. Adeiza

    March 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Channels tv anchors sh
    ould be blame for not
    conducting background interview before the interview. The mgtment should punish them for negligence.

  131. Taiwo Olaniyi

    March 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Well people should be allowed to have their fun, as that is about all you get these days in Nigeria. His job could have been yours, or mine..
    He should not have been suspended at all, in a saner clime he would have resigned!

  132. aunty

    March 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    i’m sorry… they can pardon alamiesegha and then suspend Mr Shem?

  133. Meseko

    March 19, 2013 at 6:39 am

    The less mistakes we make in life, the better we are. But we all make mistakes … Some petty and some grave. All the same life continues. Nigerians have gone too far to ridicule this officer for the mistake he made. Lawan mistakenly collected Millions as bribe and yet holding sway in the National assembly. Have we considered the implication of this man losing his job. No doubt, he will be a bread winner for @ least 100 Nigerians directly or indirectly. What becomes of those helpless, Inocent folks? For once let’s be our brother’s keeper and stop the joke. Abeg

  134. Jite

    March 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Nigerians take everything to the extreme, what do you expect? The man and his family should just put their heads down and ride the storm. He made a mistake, he should face the consequences (Nigerian’s reactions). In a month or two, the whole thing will blow over. Going on channels tv or any other network to do PR will just keep the embarrassment on longer than necessary.

  135. Blessing fowler

    March 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Excuse me, people are here saying stuff like ‘Why should he be shown mercy?’ I still need to ask someone to tell me what the criminal offence is in this case. Its like this: I work in a bank, a customer asks me a question which I ought to know and somehow I make a blunder, the customer reports and then I get sacked or suspended. Does that sound familiar to anyone here? Well, it happens a lot that we usually make errors even in our own private places of work, things we should know we sometimes take it for granted, that is very familiar..however, what is not familiar is where I get suspended or sacked for that. I have never heard of that in the constitution. Who says poeple should’nt laugh? Laugh all you want, ridicule him, ridicule his family but that should be the limit. Anything outside doesn’t even make sense. Imagine when you hear ”I was suspended/sacked because I didnt know my organisation’s website or couldn’t answer questions about my organisation in a coherent manner”. Maybe we could try that in all our work places, even the small organisations and see who’ll not be found wanting. I maintain, pass it into law before you can suspend or sack him. However, freedom of expression gives the right to laugh and ridicule so that’s no issue.

  136. suregirl

    March 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    plenty comments…*i cant deal*pls lets move on to another level joor

  137. tunde ajetunmobi

    April 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

    the man was not prepared for the interview.

  138. Kayjay

    April 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Nigerians are very forgiven or stupid. Here is a man, a state commander for that matter that probably have degree holders working under him and yet has no knowledge of what his organisation is about.

    The question is, should this man be commanding a state corp? If not for bribery and corruption in Nigeria, do you think this man should even be an office clerk? I think this is an opportunity for Nigerians to call for review of every public office. Let the rotten ones be thrown out and good and qualify candidates be employed.

    Nigeria need people who have brain, people who can think and reason for the nation and not people that exploit the nation with nothing to give back. I’m sure his kids attend the best private schools and colleges whereas the kids of some professors and well educated Nigerians cannot afford good education. Nigerians should take this opportunity to challenge the federal government in reviewing employment process to public offices.

  139. Hew

    April 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I will ask my Oga at the top if we should let the joke rest

  140. david king

    August 31, 2013 at 6:14 am

    This man is a fool

  141. david king

    August 31, 2013 at 6:18 am

    IF NA TO STILL OIL AND GAS THIS MAN LL KNOW WHAT TO DO JUST LOOK AT THIS MAN WITH 34 WIFE’S AT HOME AND 99 CHILDREN LET ALL NIGERIA’S SAY YOU ARE A FOOL 4 EVER TO Obafaiye Shem

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