Channels Television say Mr. Shem has not been suspended

Channels Television, Monday, debunked the rumour making the rounds that the Lagos State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Obafaiye Shem, has been demoted or suspended in the aftermath of a now famous phrase (“My Oga at the Top”) as false.

The TV station also discredited reports that the wife of the commandant stormed the station’s HQ to protest the upload of the interview.

The station, however, did not allude to any source as regards the “false rumour.”

In a related development, the producer of Sunrise Daily, Sulaimon Aladeh, has hit back at critics who claim the interviewers were unprofessional by shoving off the criticism on his Twitter handle, @aledeh,  on Sunday.

He stated, “As the producer I take full responsibility. It’s on employment racketeering,  so we must have a genuine website to stop further exploitation. Now some claim to be professional broadcasters. They lie that it’s a rule that if your interviewee does not have the answer you must move on.

“Nothing like that. Only discretionary. Some say the anchors are not trained or professionals. Check their resumes and see. They all have their training here and also in Europe and America. They may be young but are well trained. That does not mean they are infallible but on this matter, they did well, very well.”

Meanwhile, On Saturday, the social media circles were awash with the information that Shem’s wife forced her way into Channels TV studio to protest bitterly to the chairman of the station on the damage the incident  had  caused his family.

Aledeh,  reacting to this on his Twitter handle,  said, “No woman or wife came to Channels TV as reported by blogs in respect of the trending ‘Oga at the top’ debacle.”

Meanwhile, the rumour that Shem had been placed on suspension could also not be substantiated. He was invited to speak on “Cash for job racketeering” and employment irregularities rocking ministries, departments and agencies.

Believed to be  dodging the question, he  had said, “Yes, I cannot categorically tell you one now because the one  (website) we are going to use (website), I won’t be the one to create it.

“The one we are going to make use of is going to be made known by my oga at the top. Yes, I cannot announce one now and my oga at the top says it is another one.”

After the interview, Shem became a celebrity of some sort as the social media networks feasted on the clip of the interview, and various hilarious pictures of him.

Apart from hashtag,   “MyOgaAtTheTop,  bearing various coinages, that has gone viral on Twitter, there is a music video  of ‘My Oga At The Top’ by DJ Ziggy on YouTube. In fact, some creative Nigerians have begun the sales of customised “My oga at the top” T-shirts.

The hullabaloo about “My oga at the top” joke has,  no doubt, highlighted the power of the social media in driving public debate around issues in the country. Since the hashtag #MyOgaAtTheTop broke into trending topics on Tuesday, the phrase had literally crept into the vocabulary of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora. The question now is: When will ‘my oga at the top’ stop trending?

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