Dimka 1976 coup: Tee Mac counters Obasanjo, says retired General hid under businessman’s bed




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By SUNNY OKIM

LAGOS – Veteran musician and businessman, Dr Omatshola Iseli (MFR), professionally known as Tee Mac, has picked holes in President Olusegun ’s account of how he escaped death during the coup d’etat of February 13, 1976.

Speaking Sunday at Igbotako, Okitipupa Local Government Area of , at the celebration of the 80th birthday of General Olu Bajowa (Retd), Sunday, said it Bajowa that saved him from being killed by the coup , Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka.

According to the president, Bajowa had called to ask him (Obasanjo) to wait for him, that he Bajowa coming to his house that fateful morning.

Obasanjo said it this delay (of waiting for Bajowa) that saved him from being killed by the coup plotters his way to the office that morning.

But reacting to the said story, Tee Mac said Obasanjo’s claims were “ precise”.

In a chat with News Express, Tee Mac said the man that saved Obasanjo was Chief Saliu Bolaji Bakare, an astute businessman, and any delay caused by Bajowa as claimed by the Head of who later became a two-term President of the country.

According to Tee Mac, that morning of Dimka’s coup which claimed the of then Head of , General Muritala Muhammed, he had gone to the house of Chief Bakare for a business transaction, and his host hinted that Obasanjo, then -in-command to Muritala, was hiding under the bed in Bakare’s house to avoid being caught by the coupists.

“Dear Sunny, the Obasanjo story is precise. I went in the morning to the house of Chief S.B. Bakare from whom I leased the land of the Surulere night club and found unusual security at the gate.

“I sent a message to Chief S.B. Bakare that I wanted to bring him some money. I was taken straight up to the first floor, his bedroom, where he sat the balcony. He told me General Obasanjo was downstairs in the siting room hiding, that he be most likely our next head of state.

“Chief Bakare said I should keep it to myself. I remember having heard the radio that morning that there was a coup attempt. I also remember how I was checked by soldiers the way to Queens Drive (in Ikoyi),” Tee Mac narrated.

The globally celebrated flutist disclosed further that after the coup, he mentioned the matter to the former President during an encounter.

“I mentioned this to OBJ a few years later when I met him at his farm,” he said. (News Express)