Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, narrated how he survived the February 1976 military coup d’etat, involving Lieutenant Colonel Buka Dimka.
According to the Tropics Nigeria News, Obasanjo said General Olu Bajowa (retd.) indirectly saved him from being killed in the coup.
At the 80th birthday of General Bajowa held in the Ondo State region of Okitipupa, the former Head of State released the disclosure.
He identified a respectful and cultivated individual, Jaji, as Bajowa, former General, Commander, and Staff College.
The former president told the crowd during the ceremony how he was indirectly spared from the assassination during the coup.
Obasanjo said, “I want to tell Olu something, either he knew it or he didn’t know it. I would have gone for the coup when the coup d’état came if Olu hadn’t been what it is.
Olu is very respectful. He is very conscious of our culture. He had a child, a boy, and wanted to name the child after me. He had to call me early in the morning; that morning, Dimka struck.
“And because Olu said he was coming, I had to wait a little bit. I stayed beyond the time I would have gone out. Olu then came, he made the request, and I granted the request.
“So, I was a little bit late in going on the route that I normally took to work. And Reinumuje went ahead of me, and they thought it was me, and they shot his car. They shot his car, Murtala was shot. Indirectly, that is how Olu Bajowa saved my life,”
Describing Bajowa as a performing soldier, Obasanjo revealed that Bajowa performed very well when he (Obasanjo) drafted him to lead 11 Battalion during the nation’s civil war.