Information reaching DailyPost clearly indicates that the Lagos State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Mr Obafaiye Shem, has been suspended.
His suspension comes on the heels of his now famous “my oga at the top” comment which went viral after his embarrassing ordeal at the Channels Television breakfast programme – Sunrise Daily.
More details later.
Hope he would be called back plzzz.
What abt Dame?
Stop talking about dame…..she is the first lady only bco she is the wife of the president….you don’t expect GEJ to divorce her.. So hers is exceptional
Have you forgotten she is also a permanent secretary in Bayelsa state? lol
That serves him right,why would an officer in his rank respond to a question like that on social network for that matter,he’s a shame on him
Dat is the way he feels he can express himself @ dat particular time. Will u suspend the first lady for her utterances.
@rio Dame is not at the top, at least for now
For those that are surprised at the suspension, your way of thinking and mindset is why the country is at stand still as we don’t seem to identify what the problem is, do a review, put corrective measures in place and finally provide justice. Free speech and Media help to provide information to the public and to a degree act as checks and balances. In this case the commentators did not embarrass the “Oga at the Top” he chose to do it himself.
1) Let me enlighten you; if you don’t know an answer to a question, you simply say currently I cannot provide you with the right response but happy to revisit shortly and right response will be provided. This would have been the moral response (not an answer) and I can assure you, that would have been the end of the saga.
2) He was also asked of the recruiting process of NSCDC and his answer was the “the media will carry it” – please tell me if his “so called answer” has anything to do with technology or website? He’s simply incompetent.
3) Him being in the system for many years does not legislate for his blunder. A competent spokesperson should have been hired to represent, this is the norm.
Lastly, because his so called peers and Ogas at the top cannot do better than him does not mean he should not be disciplined. After all, the reason why this culture exist and common in Nigeria is because of lack of consequences and repercussions. I rest my case
Demo Baba, WELL SPOKEN. God Bless You
You Mirrored My Thots.
I wish i could find a single point where a can disagree with u but i cant. Y are we expected to feel sorry because he was suspended for being bad at his job? The question that even worries me is how he rose so high in the system being clearly bereft of intellectual fiber?
You are 2nd Oga at the top.this your grammar na wa oo.you need to find someone to edit ur messages for you before sending
If he actually answered d way u narrated. With all the respect, it show how intelligent he is. How did it get there?. 9 ja factor. But if he is suspended , we have to suspend our first lady too. Lol
Govt is usually supposed to recruit the best brains like in the western world, not some clowns @ the top
LMAO…I cnt stop laughing, abeg what about our first lady?
Can somebody explain why this man is been purnished please? Is it because he did no know the website address of his organisation or because he said Oga at the top? Nigerians need to know. Only when it is clarify can anybody be able to know what to say. I am more dissapointed in the people that are commenting on this whole issue without clarity because they are the worst fools.
You surprise me. The man allowed his incompetence to besmear the entire corp. He was on air to discuss a single issue and could not give the entire global village an intelligible answer in English. What else do you want?
Yes he goofed, Katchy, but even you’ll be amazed at the things you do not know, and then people around you, expect that you should know. English aside, it could be an inter-disciplinary field, where at least, in the thinking of the general public, everyman who’s been through a system called tertiary institution, is expected to know. Now, failing to impress at that moment does not make you a man of “incompetence.”
It was in the news the other day , Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe was saying one thing and Goodluck Jonathan was saying another thing, .infact Abati and Okupe misquoted Mr president, .why were these men not sacked or suspended then ? The suspension of the commandant was uncalled for, instead they should be send to enlightenment courses
This is unfair, what about the madam at the top (first lady)? Hers should be a movie not a song.
True.If they can tackle the poor man then dame should be suspendedtoo from posing as the first lady.She should just sit at home and run houseaffairs
Well i belive his suspension is on fail and i hope the reporters are happy about that.the onlly offence is there is is this man does not know any thing about computer and his continue mention of my oga at the top is only a sign of loyalty not an insult.what ever happen to freedom of speech?i know he don’t have ideal about computer and have no perfect control of english language but that does not mean he dnt have other leadership quality.i still belive it was wrong of the presenters knowing this man has no ideal about computer to continue insisting on it and build all questions around it for those who watch afar it does not show professionalism it was very downgrading and inhuman of them especially the lady presenter who could not even control her facial expression it was unprofessional.he should be pdonend it is wrong for him to be juidge by just this one.other professionals give hit about their interview so he the person coming should be adequately prepared but i see like a tropical nigeria things non of this was done.i pray he weather this storm out.God bless Nigeria.
You are on your own oh!
YEAH I AM MY BROTHER
Your reasoning is completely erroneous and out of place. We are where we are today bcos of people like here. I just hope u are not a graduate bcos ur write-up and reasoning clearly reflect that of an untaught person.I implore u to re-read what Demo Baba has written, especially his No. 1 point…. He is only trying to say ” honesty is priceless”, it goes a very long way preventing problems like the one Shem has found himself.
Mr graduate or what ever you term your self to be first of all i belive in freedom of speech and secondly mr graduate i did not sent a reply to Demo i posted my own comment and you are entitled to your own opinion.the man did nothing wrong apart from been computer illitrate and display of over loyality to his oga at the top.you stand to criticize him i wonder why you guys dnt do same to top government functionaries who sing praises of their oga even when there is nothing to sing about.grow up he did nothing wrong you are not in their kabar and you dnt know what they may go through saying the wrong thing.this may have been his way of hiding from that.he did nothing wrong call me what you like i dnt care.
…oh please, shut it!
This isn’t fair, why on Earth would he be suspended afterall we all don’t get obvious things right all the time and we are not perfect either.
For those who make this a funny thing in social media, please we should be a bit more responsible. It has been made for a laugh at the begining but this is all what we caused for this fellow.
I do not subscribe to him being suspended but he has himself to blame. if the follow has done his homework on the basics, he would have nothing to worry about. We are tired of celebrating mediocrity. If u cant do the job, there are thousands of Nigerians that can,after all that office is not his birthright.
D suspension was uncalled for…he made a mistake ..we all agrEe..probably he was being tensed at d moment..I tink we desrve 2 knw why he is being suspended.. “Oga at the top” is a general term used in any force as a sign of respect…abt d website, I’m sure if he had said “I reali can’t say”..Nigerians will still criticize….I bet you most “oga at the top” don’t knw some basic minor information…he ws just a victim..too bad!
God bless u…..”oga at the top is a general thing in the military..
And believe me my brother, ask all this idiots criticizing this man the website to their own various organisations, don’t be surprised that most of them will fuck up
The Government should organize seminars for her top guys. Don’t be surprised that there are many of them that are not IT compliant. This does not mean that they are not competent. After all, not all bank account holders have ATM cards or even do internet banking!
Try others like immigration,prisons,fire service and of course the police and you’ll understand the level of mediocrity and mediocres we have in leadership.
If Christiana Amanpour had treated our President the way the TV journalists treated this poor Guy, will we have had to Impeach him to save face? However, this guy is also partly to blame for believing he could B.S his way through any question instead of being honest.
Suspend…? Fire this guy…yesterday. Fire his immediate supervisor–whoever is supposed to have been reviewing and issuing his performance evaluation. Fire the chair-person of the promoting organ of NSCDC. Clean house, and replace these morons from the abundance of bright, intelligent, articulate and capable Nigerians.
Yes, he could have said “he didn’t know”. However, on so many levels, that would not have helped. First, remember it’s the answer of a trained professional and the proof is in the pudding in that he isn’t trained like you might be in media interviewing. Also, the fact of the matter is we are a witch-hunting people, truth be told, so if one wants to find something to pick on, the next victim of our court of public opinion as it were, then even your statement would have caused equal outrage.
Who is to say his suspension stems from the fact he didn’t know the website to begin with? (Which is what you asked him to say!) The ‘oga-at-the-top’ is merely icing on the cake of embarrassment, and the incorrect/incomplete website cited, is merely proof of the fact he didn’t know it. Bear in mind the ChannelsTV staff are also highly untrained and unprepared people. In the Western world, TV hosts would even tell viewers the guests website, book name, tour dates, what-ever-it-may be etc. I notice hey do that on Silverbird too, so it’s not just Western. Never mind he should have known, what did they gain from embarrassing him? They certainly don’t seem clever to me! I bet if he quizzed them on basics of ChannelTV, right back, they too would have been stuttering and stammering for some answers. And more to the point, can you picture those same “professionals” letting him off the hook if he merely said, “I don’t know, I will get back to you?” — I can’t! I can picture you letting him off it, but certainly not them! That’s a wolf pack if I’ve seen one, just happen to be wearing suits!
On another frontier, what this reflects is how simplistically and myopically we think as a people. ESPECIALLY THE CIVIL SERVICE. I worked in it myself as a corper for a few months, so I know first hand! If it were me, who was in charge, I would have come out as DG of the organization to pardon him (bear in mind that ‘p’ word was used on Alams, who by the way isn’t getting half as much heat as this guy – and highlights the real issue about who Nigerians take frustrations out on – the petty thief in the market not the Babangida’s — we are so false and misplaced in our anger!). After pardoning him, use the global spotlight generated by the incident to enlighten people about what NSCDC does. Encourage people in the diaspora (who saw the viral link) to consider the recruitment exercise they are allegedly undertaking, and come back to build the organization. Also, while at it, ask the Federal Government for more funding to expand activities and programmes. Then, go on another circuit of television shows and interviews to generate proper awareness about what it does.
The DG himself, I can bet, didn’t know the website before this incident. As I said, I worked in the civil service in Nigeria, with people at the top, and I know why I say that. It’s the way of the wheel. However, everyone would now. So, he should encourage the civil servants nationwide to take pride in their organization, know basic details and call for investment in PR training for relevant staff across the service. Leadership, like life, is about making lemons with lemonade! Conversely, current leadership philosophy and practice is to, “thoroughly suspend that man.” Followed by a resounding hiss, and he awaits further false grilling from colleagues on return. Colleagues in Lagos he ought to be leading!
In the meantime, the man should not be made a scapegoat for the wider and deeper systemic ignorance in NSCDC and beyond! After, stepping away from the podium as DG, I’d give him the platform to make a speech to the public himself. I guess he would apologize and explain himself to you all. If that wasn’t enough to satisfy you, you or you, then we would have to wait until your own mistake-and-then-correction speech transpires to see how it should be done, and you can also wait to see how it will inevitably be criticized.
Come on, there is absolutely no excuse for this, It’s a website, he wasn’t asked to design it, just to name it , I understand that a lot of the older generations aren’t too tech-savvy but, for a place where you work? You should at least know the name. Besides he knew he was going to be speaking in public right? These are the little things you prepare for. Sadly, there is no excuse. I hope this serves as a lesson to all the “Ogas on top”.
Oga at the top, shameful but not as shameful as the real
issues we have in this country.
A very corrupt former public officer, under whose regime
billions of naira was stolen has been granted a presidential pardon by our own
president yet, its my oga at the top that we deem fit to broadcast and comment
The united state government has expressed deep disappointment
over the pardon. I quote the American embassy spokeswoman Deb MacLean “We see
this as a setback in the fight against corruption,”. Yet we busy ourselves
shouting and expressing different kinds of emotions over my oga at the top.
The petroleum minister under whose supervision billions was
stolen is still in office but no. that does not matter. Its my oga at the top
We see him as a top civil servant when in reality he is just
a low level civil servant.
We fail to realize he is not the problem with Nigeria. His oga
at the top is not the problem with Nigeria.
Those his oga at the top answers to are the problem with the
Those who make budgetary allocations and fail to allocate
enough funds to the educational system or for continuous training and
development of civil servants are the problem with this country.
Those who continue to appoint evidently corrupt characters
and pardon convicted public office holders thereby clearing them for future
holding of public office are the problem with this country.
Our state governors get huge allocations from the federal government;
we don’t see anything tangible that justifies the allocation received oh! Wait,
yes the ostentatious and flamboyant lifestyles lived by them and their cronies.
Our legislators spend a huge amount of money on personal improvements,
retreats and training just to serve us for four years yet we won’t give people
who spend their lives serving without getting a dime for personal improvement a
Shame on us for tweeting and rebroadcasting oga at the top
without giving a thought or typing a word to express concern or address the
real issue this country suffers from.
Shame on us for ruining the life of a man who probably had
to work his way to where he is now against all odds, with our broadcasts and
tweets while letting the real corrupt public officers have it easy.
I can imagine the humiliation, shame and misery his children
will have to go through in their schools while the children of thieves and corrupt
public officers are celebrated in their schools.
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