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How I was saved from being killed during 1976 coup – Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he was saved from being killed by whiskers in the course of the February 13, 1976 military coup.

Obasanjo, on Sunday disclosed that General Olu Bajowa (Rtd) was the one who saved him from the bullets of Lieutenant Colonel Buka Dimka.

In accordance with Obasanjo, who acknowledged this at Igbotako in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State in the course of the celebration of the 80th birthday of Gen. Bajowa, the former president, said that “When Dimka coup got here, if Olu had not been what and what he’s, I might have gone with the coup.

Narrating how he was saved, Obasanjo stated “I need to say one thing about Olu. Both he knew it or he didn’t not know. He had a toddler, a boy, and wished to call the kid after me. He needed to name me early within the morning, that morning that Dimka struck.

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“And since Olu stated he was coming, I needed to wait somewhat bit. I waited past the time I might have gone out. Olu then came, he made the request and I granted the request.

“So, I used to be somewhat bit late in going on the route that I usually took to work. And Reinumuje went forward of me and so they thought it was me and so they shot his car. They shot his car, Murtala was shot.”

Obasanjo emphasised that Bajowa being a performing soldier made him draft him to steer the 11 Battalion in the course of the nation’s civil war.

In the meantime, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu additionally lauded the exploits of Gen Bajowa whereas within the navy as he described him as one of many illustrious sons of the state who has brought pride to the sunshine state.

Governor Akeredolu, who spoke on the commissioning of a community radio station, Awawa 94.1 FM as a part of the actions marking the 80th Birthday of the retired Military General noted that having change into a Basic within the Nigeria Army on the young age of 38 years, Bajowa’s exploit within the Nigerian Military was a factor of pride not solely to the state however the nation at large.

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