Bajowa saved me from being assassinated by Dimka – Obasanjo

Retired Generals Olusegun Obasanjo and Olu Bajowa

If not for the little delay caused by General Olu Bajowa, now 80, former President Olusegun Obasanjo would have ended up eaten by the worms!

In other words, he escaped the bullets of Lt. Col. Buka Suka Dimka by the skin of his teeth on 13 February 1976. Obasanjo revealed this on Sunday, 27 December, 2020 in Igbotako, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State during the birthday party in honour of Bajowa, a former Nigerian Army’s Adjutant- General, Quarter master-General, Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji, and Aviation Minister. He was born on 27 December 1940.

Bajowa whose wife had just been delivered of a baby boy in 1976 wanted to seek the permission of Obasanjo to allow the bundle of joy bear his name. Obasanjo felt honoured; he waited at home for Bajowa. It was because Obasanjo did not set out early to the office as planned that saved his life when the assassins/coup planners struck on the road. They mistook somebody else, Rays Matthew Dumuje, for him and pumped a hail of bullets into the poor man.

In Obasanjo’s own words: “I want to say something about Olu either he knew it or he didn’t know. When Dimka coup came, if Olu had not been what and what he is, I would have gone with the coup.

“Let me tell you the story. 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 that 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 take to work. And Matthew Rays Dumuje ( he retired as Major General) 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.”

Today, Awawa Radio 94.1fm, owned by Bajowa, was inaugurated by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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  • The name you corrected is still typographically wrong Its actually

    Rays Matthew DUMUJE

    Please Correct and Amend Accordingly

  • Who exactly is Reinumuje??? Such disrespect... oh someone was shot instead of you, and cannot get his name right... DUMUJE.. Rays Dumuje..Oh someone didn’t get it right!!! Check facts before publication!!

  • Dimka should have killed then. you are the most wicked human being, you have no forgiven spirit, Nigeria current problems started from you, social and economic problems all started from you, I know Chief Bajowa will regret today, he should allow Col Buka Suka Dimka kill you, if Abacha was still living he would have killed you, you know it and I know it, you are not worth living. Nigeria would have been better than this if you have been dead, because I can't see your usefulness, you and Atiku emptied Nigeria treasury to the zero, now Nigeria still in that problem, OBJ you have hands and legs in the killings of notable Nigerians, if you think you can escape it, always remember there's God.