Shem Obafiaye, a recently promoted and retired officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who made the viral ‘My Oga At The Top’ statement, claims that his wife has patented the phrase.

He also stated that the interview’s emotions had psychologically damaged him.

A patent is a legally awarded exclusive right to an invention or intellectual property trademark.

In 2013, Obafiaye, the NSCDC’s Lagos commandant at the time, appeared on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast show, and was asked to give the NSCDC’s website.

He stuttered and dithered before finally supplying the incorrect site address.

“The website is… excuse me… wait… it can only be made known by my Oga at the top,” he said, an index finger pointing to the heavens and a broad smile to boot.

But there was more after he was probed further by the show hosts.

“I cannot categorically tell you one now, and my Oga at the top would give you another one,” he added.

“Okay, the website is ww.nscdc…that’s all…”

The ‘My Oga At The Top’ phrase went viral afterwards and was picked up by the streets.

The comment quickly became a meme, evolved into party tunes, skit creators couldn’t get enough of it, and it was emblazoned on T-shirts, replete with a caricature of the man behind it all.

Obafiaye claimed his supervisor gave him a month’s leave after the video went viral.

He went on to declare that he had gotten a patent on the phrase and that he would tax anyone who used it from now on.

He spoke in a chat with Channels TV on Tuesday.

“We have the certificate [of patent]. My wife did it,” Obafiaye said.

“We have the certificate at home. So from now, anywhere I hear ‘my Oga at the top’ na money oo.”

Obafiaye also stated that the episode was a little overwhelming for him.

It has to [affect you psychologically], but I had never gone through such a thing in my life,” he said.

“But the words of my cousin that: ‘I know you have a future. If you are ready for national recognition, you should also be ready for national embarrassment, harassment and insult’, comforted me.”

On Friday, Obafiaye was promoted to the rank of deputy commandant-general and was retired almost immediately.