NSCDC officer Shem Obafiaye behind viral ‘Oga at the Top’ remark promoted to deputy CG

NSCDC officer Shem Obafiaye behind oga at the top remark

An officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Shem Obafiaye who became famous for a remark in 2013 has been promoted to the rank of deputy commandant-general (CG).

National public relations officer of the NSCDC Babawale Afolabi announced the promotion in a statement on Friday.

In 2013, Obafiaye, then the Lagos commandant of the NSCDC, gained widespread attention during an appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

When asked to provide the NSCDC’s website, Obafaiye replied, “The website is… excuse me… wait… it can only be made known by my Oga at the top,” pointing skywards and smiling broadly.

The phrase “Oga at the Top” quickly went viral, turning into memes, danceable tunes, and even being printed on T-shirts featuring a caricature of Obafiaye.

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Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo presided over the decoration ceremony of Obafiaye and two others Fasiu Adeyinika and Ibrahim Raji.

“Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has decorated three newly promoted Deputy Commandants General (DCGs) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) with their new ranks, calling on them to be loyal, disciplined and initiate ideas for the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure (CNAI),” the statement said.

The decoration ceremony was held on Wednesday in the Aisha Rufai Conference Room, located at the Civil Defence, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB).

Describing the promotions as a recognition of hard work and a call to further duty, the minister urged the newly appointed DCGs to mentor their subordinates effectively to prevent any gaps in their duties.