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Re : Oga At The Top – Nigeria And Issues Of Concern by Damilola Ajibola [ @ItzDamieAjibz ]


I am writing this article based on personal opinion and
productive arguments with a couple of people with various views. Note: This is
completely arguable. I tried to weigh this issue as much as possible and also
put a conscious effort not to be biased. The issue of Nigerians and their
negative or rather ironical attitude to various matters of national concerns
cannot be overemphasized. Now, considering the NSCDC ‘my oga at the top’ saga
that went surprisingly viral. Making a song, producing shirts, mugs and other
products were just strategies of some “sharp” fellows to earn more money
knowing the level of ignorance and the things that interest some Nigerians who
are soaked and wallowing in shallow and myopic views of things. These are
people who cannot differentiate between issues of great concern and trivial
matters. It was not a surprise to me as I am very much aware of how unpatriotic
many but few Nigerians are. Dragging the name of a senior officer and servant
of federal government in the mud when he didn’t steal, defraud, kill or do any
such thing as to deserve that demeaning act from the press and some citizens.
That to me was a case of misplaced priorities considering all the fingers
pointing at the man from a mere mistake of not been able to state correctly his
ministry’s website. I am positive that many other directors and  “ogas at
the top” do not know their institution’s website. I think it was very
unprofessional of the channels TV presenters to deliberately disgrace or
publicize the errors of the official in that manner. I mean I am aware of the
art of “probing” in journalism but this was far from it as it was written all
over the faces of the presenters who had smiles and concealed laughter all over
their faces making me come to the conclusion that it was a clear case of making
something out of nothing. It is a matter to weep for, as basic issues of
disturbance to the nation have not been trashed out on national TV.  Still
on this matter, people who actually bring shame and disgrace to the country are
celebrated on national TV, radio et cetera forgetting easily the reproach and
negative impression they give the outside world about us as a nation. For
example, a convicted senior citizen of Nigeria, a then governor who brought
shame to the country on an international context was recently granted
“Presidential pardon” and is still allowed to contest to be a Senator of the
Federal republic. This should not be so, I mean a man who disguised as a woman
to escape jail term in the UK and return to Nigeria. To even be allowed to contest
for a key political position is a shame on this administration and a show that
we have clowns at hem of affairs in this country. Not until we tackle this
issues that matter the most, Nigeria has a long way to go. Nigeria is a blessed
country and the youth are the future and the agents of change so we shouldn’t
be blinded and carried away by issues of less importance by some irresponsible
unpatriotic fellows. I pray that in no time, we would have progressed beyond
the stagnant points our leaders are rallying round. God bless you all, God
bless Nigeria.  By Damilola Ajibola (@ItzDamieAjibz)

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News.She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books.Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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