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Oba Adeyemi II Vs Bode Thomas. What Truly Went Wrong?

Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was the Alaafin of Oyo between 1945 and 1954, until he was forced into exile by the Action Group (AG) led government of the western Nigeria, as a result of the death of the deputy leader of the Action Group, chief abode Thomas( 1918 - 1953), and also for having sympathy for the rival National Council Of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), the political party of Dr, Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Thomas was a brilliant lawyer, but also a vary haughty and arrogant fellow. He was made the divisional council chairman in 1953, while the Alaafin of Oyo was a mere member.

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

Bode Thomas shouted at the king rudely for having the temerity and audacity to disrespect him. “Why were you sitting when I walked in, you don’t know how to show respect”? At that time, Bode Thomas was 35 years old, while the Alaafin was in his late 60s.

The Alaafin felt insulted and nonplussed, and he asked in Yoruba, “se emi lon gbomo baun?” ( is it me you are barking at like that?). The Alaafin jus told him “ma gbo lo baun” ( continue barking).

The confrontation happened on November 22, 1953. Bode Thomas got home later in the day and started barking, he barked and barked all through the night until early in the morning when he died. His promising career was ended because of pride and he was unable to fulfill his potentials.

Although the Alaafin might have been extreme in his actions, it’s a lesson to everyone that pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit goes before a fall.

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