Charly Boy: My Take On Oga At The Top Saga “We Have All Failed Nigeria”

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March 30, 2013 – Charly Boy: My Take On Oga At The Top Saga “We Have All Failed Nigeria”

Nigeria’s most controversial area Fada Charlie boy Okputa popularly called Charly Boy has come open to express his take on the viral “My Oga at the top” saga that started few weeks ago during a live interfview Mr Shem Obafaiye, the commandant of Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had on Channels TV.

In the interview, Obafaiye called his boss my oga at the top. He also forgot his organization’s website address.

Read Charly Boy’s take on my oga at the top saga below;

“It’s unfortunate this article is coming in late. This is because I almost ignored the racket ” My Oga at the top” generated. However, because of some salient lessons in the whole joke, I have decided to hit you with this

Even though, my ways may be very different from yours, I still believe we must be objective in our analysis, judgment, and conclusion about others. The NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Shem’s experience in the hands of Nigerians and the Channel TV personalities cannot be too different from what many of us face on a daily bases.

Some of us have been arbitrarily judged, smashed, squeezed, criticized, and battered for several years because we have failed to be who they want us to be. Different darts and missiles have been thrown at us because they chose to judge us from the first impression they conceived about us. What insult haven’t we received?

They will try to judge you by the few words they hear from your mouth. When you use signs and symbols to communicate national issues, they misconstrue every bit of it as you are either tagged the head of Nigeria Illuminati, or they may even try to put your sexuality to question. However, we still love them, and still fight for them even when they don’t really understand why we are here.

Some have not even realized the need to hold on to the reality that confronts them today, instead, they are committed to producing gunpowder for the celebration of individual blunder, and they swiftly push national blunder aside.

Yes, the NSCDC Commandant goofed, he failed to give the correct NSCDC website, he wanted his oga at the top to announce that personally, hence he couldn’t go ahead to announce it, as his oga may end up announcing another one later.

At first, it appeared to me as if he didn’t understand the question until he got to the point of providing the URL of the website, and then we all laughed when he was unable to provide the web address as demanded. We all laughed at his little or no IT knowledge, and not really because he is not competent enough to do his job. We all laughed because he had displayed some level of confidence right from the beginning of the interview till the point he was to give the website details.

However, is it enough to have made it a trending topic on twitter and on other social sites for days? I must say that we have all failed by pushing aside the lesson and the message of the controversial interview. If you don’t know, the message is simple; there is a systemic failure. We have all failed our country.

We have even failed to channel our heavy online presence towards a more positive direction. We have failed to understand that the entire system has no structure as it stands now. If that is not the case, why were we not intelligent enough to see beyond

Mr. Shem’s failure and begin to reflect over leadership failure, using the social media platform? It has always remained this way, where only few of us can speak our minds in a country where mediocrity reigns supreme.

We have failed to see how mediocre now flood the civil service , but all we are now looking at ,is just Mr. Shem’s blunder. Why???
Members of staff in several organizations know little or nothing about their organization.

They can’t even tell ‘categorically’ like Mr. Shem, whether they have an existing or functional website. How effective are various media units that are scattered across different Ministries in the country? NSCDC should even thank God that it was Mr. Shem who failed, and not their media unit, because such would have been possible.

I know that majority of Nigerians that work in the civil service are not up to date with the internet social world, as they believe in doing things the old way. You won’t even blame Mr. Shem for not being able to give the correct web address or not being able to add, because the NSCDC Website, prior to the controversy was almost dormant.

How would you expect one to know a website that doesn’t exist or non-functional?
But my pain is simply that we have all failed to tackle the most pressing issues of the day, falling into the trap and deception of the phrase “My oga at the top”.

We have been so deceived and then became so careless about our safety, laughing hysterically; with our eyes gazed at “My Oga at the top” until the dreaded Boko Haram found a way to shoot us with their arrows. We laughed until we forgot that we have urgent national issues to address, and the faceless ones hit us hard again in the city of Kano. What a shame!

While we were busy gossiping, creating cartoons, producing T. Shirts, and cooking beats in the studio to ridicule just a single individual, we lost millions of naira at the Murtula Mohammed Airport, Lagos to some armed men who stormed the airport, harassing both Nigerians and foreigners. I heard they had a swell moment at the airport. You can’t just imagine that armed robbers could succeed even in an International Airport. Where is safe then? “Yet, we were busy with My oga at the top”

While we took the joke to another level, the Boko Haram militants also saw our weaknesses and carefree attitude, and they hit us hard, killing well over 60 people in the Kano bomb attack.

They beat all security apparatus in place in the volatile city, because, we refused to watch our back as we were laughing at ” My Oga at the top”
In our usual carelessness, when some people were demanding for amnesty for some faceless people, we kept mummed, because we were only interested in “Oga at the top.” We refused to ask questions on why some people should be advocating for this group.

As good, committed, and patriotic citizens, couldn’t we have embarked on a campaign against violence using the social media platform for that purpose? How many of us are willing to laugh at some of the ogas in the North who have sold the future of our children in the name of leadership tussle?

How many of us have been able to tell the Northern leaders that they have failed their people for giving some terrorists the supports they really do not deserve? Yet, we still talk about “My Oga at the top”

These are no time for such jokes as we have better and serious issues to address as Nigerian youth and children. Enough of this “My oga at the top” Stop the rubbish now! Let’s ask them some questions on why we must continue to bury our ourselves.”

18 thoughts on “Charly Boy: My Take On Oga At The Top Saga “We Have All Failed Nigeria”

  1. Thank you Mr charley boy. You are the only person that have spoken well on this issue on ground (My oga at the top). We keep laughing at what is irrelevant. Anyway God help us in Nigeria.

  2. True talk area fada the northern leaders have failed their people n shuld be responsible 4 their actions they shuld leave fed govt out of it.shame on the arewa community.shame

  3. Real food for thought from Charlie. ‘THINGS MUST NOT FALL APART but Is the centre still holding? Because mere anarchy is ……….May your soul rest in peace Baba Chinua Achebe…while the world is yet to come to terms with your loss and people are being killed by fellow human beings on a daily basis in a democratic state, we are busy laughing at the error of a computer migrant whose failure symbolises our failure as a nation. Even if the website is functional, how are we sure there will be energy (electricity) to power it? I grew up in the North, precisely Kaduna and Maiduguri. And in the early 1970s and 1980s, I remember how as a teenager, I’ll take train from Offa to Kaduna and vice- vice.Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, yet we are laughing. I’m always filled with nostalgic feelings whenever I come across an Hausa speaker because of my growing up experience and my knowledge of the language even though I’m Yoruba. It saddens one that the north is turning into a death zone and we are busy laughing. The best we can do to honour Achebe, a literary icon of world repute, is for the northern Elites and leadership to intervene so that THINGS DON’T FALL APART TO THE POINT THAT THE CENTRE WILL NO LONGER HOLD UNTIL MERE ANARCY IS LOOSED UPON NIGERIA

  4. Tnks 2 charly boy for bringing some important things 2 d notic of nigerians n above all, we pray dat God wil mak away 4 nigeria n cum 2 our rescue frm terrorism n any forms of bad govrnment in nigeria.

  5. Go and sit down Charlie boy with ur well constructed useless analysis, where were u 2, spend all ur time on piercing and nudity, u av also waken up abi? Pls tell ur speech 2 d birds, u av a platform to speak but what did u do?

    • even if he just woke up now and realize that our country is falling apart, would u 4 that let our country fall apart? this is nt time 4 that, we have no time any more, we must stand up now and fight 4 change, we need revolution in 9ja now, evil has takeing over 9ja, and we must drive them away,

  6. area fada Thank 4 this message, i have been doing my best on this campaign. but we need pple like u that can reach more pple, would be nice if u can organize a concert 4 this campaign would be glad to be part of it, i beg all d celebraty and all 9ja to join in dis campaign, united we will win dis war of freedom, we must free 9ja from d hand of evil 1, they say power to d pple and 4 d pple. d power belong to us, so we have d power to win d fight, i cry every day 4 9ja, i cry 4 d kidnaping, d bad roads, drinking water, power supply, value less of life, boko haram. d criminals in aso rock, insecurity all over 9ja, I wonder y we allowed it to get this bad, we are siting on a time bomb, we must rescue 9ja now, God bless 9ja

  7. OBJECTIVE TALK. I’ve never doubted Charlie Boy’s position on issues of great national importance as this “oga at the top” Our prayer is one day God will hear our cry and wipe out all these dummies we call leaders of this country and bless us with objective leadership.

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