It all started with this video below, and the rest as they say, is now history.
Within a few days, the video had gone completely viral in Nigeria and had become a meme of sorts — the butt of jokes. The hashtag #MyOgaAtTheTop is still trending in the Nigerian Twitter-sphere, over 48 hours after the video went viral. Being our normal selves, we chose to play safe by seeing the humour in this personification of our national dysfunction, anything else would have been too depressing. That Obafaiye Shem, a Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) does not know the URL of his organisation’s website is very worrying. Is he so IT illiterate that he doesn’t know what comes in the last bit of a URL? Couldn’t he make something up e.g. “.com”, “.org”, “.gov.ng”, “.net”, even “.fr” or “.de”… Just any-frigging-thing!? He doesn’t know because only the supreme “Oga at the Top” is privy to such classified information, and he could not risk incurring the wrath of the Oga (the boss) by communicating something different to the public.
I have heard people say “poor man, he has a family… stop making fun of him” and so on. He could be the father of a whole village for all I care, such thick-headedness deserves no sympathy! It is bad enough that he does not know his own organisation’s URL, its a million times worse that he could not attempt to make up something to complete the URL.The question of course is what does he use the office computer (he surely has one on his wide desk) for? Watching Nollywood movies or playing solitaire? Or is his office computer just a prop to “beautify” his office?
With people like this NSCDC commandant heading important public sector (and in this case, quasi-security) agencies, it is no wonder public service delivery in Nigeria remains pathetically deplorable. We have brilliant Nigerians excelling in every Ivy League institution as students and academics, in most global corporations and in basically every sphere of life. Why we are stuck with this man’s ilk in important positions in government beats me. It is about time we start rejecting crass mediocrity in the public sector in its entirety! Until then, enjoy this welcome comic relief while it lasts, with the following photo-shopped pictures and videos caricaturing the whole incident. You have to admire Nigerians’ creativity (even if it is a bit misapplied in this context), we have really gone to town with this incident.