The Rev Idowu Animashaun has actually shared the story of how he directly left death on the home of Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari throughout the 1966 coup d’état. In an interview with Asabe TELEVISION, the retired veteran artist turned Man of God discussed his early days as an artist and cleric.
Sharing his experience,Rev Animasaun specified, “I supervised of the military dance band. I ended up being a team member of the Ministry of Defence, and they paid me excellent cash. A soldier concerned the cantonment the eve the 1966 coup to notify us that we were set up to dip into Maimalari’s home. However, I reacted by informing him that I would not go to the occasion. I included that I was not a soldier and I might not be commanded, as he attracted me. One of my music trainers,Mr Bassey, likewise joined me in uniformity. The day came, and the band carried out. However,Brig Gen. Maimalari was displeased with their efficiency.
He continued, “Their performance was wishy-washy and Maimalari asked them to leave as he had no temperament for such. The coup plotters struck shortly after the band left Maimalari’s residence. The music would have been really good if I and Bassey had joined the band, and Maimalari would not have reacted the way he did. The outcome could have been different. Tony Amadi, a soldier at the time, was the band leader, and when he saw me, he said, “Yoruba people.” You currently understood what would happen.” He didn’t understand that I headed out consuming that night. Yes, I left death by the hairs.
You can see the interview. (1:01:00 minute)
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