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Be very careful the way you use social media to disparage and insult Yoruba elders. Be warned. Learn from Bode Thomas

Chief Bode Thomas was a brilliant lawyer, but also very haughty and arrogant. He was made the Divisional Council Chairman in 1953 while the Alaafin of Oyo was a mere member.

On his first appearance in council, after being appointed Chairman, all council members stood up for him in deference to welcome him, except Oba Adeyemi, who for cultural reasons could not show deference to anyone in public.

Bode Thomas rudely shouted at the King for having the temerity and audacity to disrespect him-”why are you sitting, when I walked in, you don’t know how to show respect?”

At that time, Bode Thomas was 35 years and Oba Adeniran was in his 60s. The Alaafin felt very insulted and nonplussed. He said, “se emi lo n gbomo baun” (is it me you are barking at like that?). Oba Adeniran Adeyemi just told him — ma gbo lo baun (continue barking).

Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was father of the incumbent Alaafin- Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III The confrontation happened on November 22nd 1953. Bode Thomas got home and started barking! He barked and barked like a dog all night, until he died in the early morning of November 23 1953. He cut short his promising career.

Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II was thereafter deposed and sent on exile in 1954, for sympathizing with opposition NCNC, because he had come in conflict with Bode Thomas who was Deputy Leader of the Action Group before his untimely death.

He cut short his promising career both as a lawyer and deputy leader of the Action Group. In fact, at a session in the Parliament, Sardauna Ahmadu Bello, had described Bode Thomas as “arrogant and ungracious”...

From today, please be careful the way you arrogantly pass comment against Obas in Yorubaland as well as elders like Obasanjo, Tinubu, Soyinka and so many others. Please be warned and always remember this our beautiful Proverb;-IGBERAGA LOHUN SIWAJU IPARUN ( ARROGANCE LEADS TO DESTRUCTION )

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