How Bajowa saved me during Dimka coup

How Bajowa saved me during Dimka coup

A former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, recounted on Sunday how he survived the February 1976 military coup, which involved Lieutenant Colonel Buka Dimka.


Obasanjo said that it was General Olu Bajowa (retired), who indirectly saved him from dying in the coup.

The former head of state gave the revelation at the celebration of General Bajowa’s 80th birthday that took place in Igbotako, Okitipupa Local Government Area of ​​Ondo State.

He described Bajowa, a former Commander, Command College and General Staff, Jaji, as a respectful and cultured man.

Obasanjo said: “When Dimka’s blow came, if Olu hadn’t been what and what he is, I would have gone with the blow.

“Olu is very respectful; he is very aware of our culture. I had a son, a boy, and I wanted to name him after me. Had to call me early in the morning, that morning Dimka knocked.

“And since Olu said he would come, I had to wait a bit. I waited beyond the time it would have come out. Then Olu came, made the request and I granted the request.

“So, I was a little late for the route I normally take to work. And Reinumuje got ahead of me and they thought it was me and they shot the car. They shot his car, Murtala was shot. Indirectly, this is how Olu Bajowa saved my life. “

Describing Bajowa as an acting soldier, he revealed that Bajowa performed very well when he (Obasanjo) recruited him to go and lead the 11th Battalion during the nation’s civil war.


Earlier, the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had asked the owners of local radio stations in the state to do more to educate and disseminate information in local languages.

He made the call when inaugurating a new radio station commemorating the 80th anniversary of General Bajowa (retired), in Okitipupa. The station is founded by Bajowa.

In his speech, Bajowa explained that the objective of establishing the radio station was “to complement the government’s effort to revive and advance the culture, tradition, custom and by extension of Ikale, Ilaje, Ijaw-Apoi and Ijaw-Arogbo and by extension the Yoruba heritage, which are now being abandoned or extinct. “