Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC,
has finally replaced Mr. Obafaiye Shem, the man
who postulated the “my oga at the top” mantra, as
commandant of Lagos State Command. He was
replaced by Mr. Adesuyi Clement from Oyo State
The Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr. Olu
Abolurin, who was in Lagos weekend over the
alleged killing of two of his officers by some
policemen, introduced the new Commandant to
However, he did not give reasons for Obafaye’s
removal but sources hinted that it may not be
unconnected with his recent interview on Channels
Television live programme.Before now,
authorities of NSCDC have denied taking any disciplinary action against Mr. Shem over
the said interview. Their reaction followed claims
that Shem had been sacked on the orders of the
Minister of Interior, who supervises the NSCDC.
Shem’s ordeal started when he appeared on
Channels Television morning programme ‘Sunrise’
and when asked the NSCDC website he said:
“Hmmm, the website is, excuse me, my Oga at the
top knows the website”. He again, cleared his
throat and said: “My Oga at the top is working on
the website and I don’t have them”.
When the presenters insisted that he give a
functioning website address of the para-military
outfit, he dropped the bombshell: “ww.nscdc, that’s
Immediately, the interview went viral and has
become so popular to the extent that t-shirts with
“my oga at the top” insignia has been produced
and selling like hot cake across the country, even
as some DJs and musicians have done what they
called a remix of the phrase.
So, do you support Mr Shem’s removal? Do you
think he has committed any offence for ‘Ogas at
the top’ to punish him? What do you think should
be done in this circumstance?
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