How an obedient and respectful soldier saved my life during 1976 coup- Obasanjo

How an obedient and respectful soldier saved my life during 1976 coup- Obasanjo

Former Nigeria President, Olusegun Obasanjo has narrated how he escaped losing his life during the February 1976 military coup against him by Buka Dimka, a lieutenant colonel in the Nigerian army at the time.

The coup led by Dimka aimed to execute the top military officers like Murtala Mohammed, a brigadier general of the Nigerian army and head of state at the time, was assassinated on February 13, 1976 .

The coup, however, failed on Obasanjo who was Mohammed’s deputy, became head of state and ruled for three years.

Speaking at the 80th birthday celebration of Olu Bajowa, held in Okitipupa, Ondo state, on Sunday, Obasanjo said the retired army general indirectly saved his life from the Dimka coup.

He also talk about how Olu Bajowa was respectful and also a man of culture

“I want to say something about Olu – either he knew it or he didn’t know, 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 waited 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 Raymond Dumeje 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.”

Obasanjo described Bajowa as a committed soldier, adding that he also performed well when he sent him to lead the 11 battalion during the civil war.

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