Bode Thomas was 34 years old at that time and the Alaafin was in his 60s. The story was shared on one of Nigeria’s most read newspapers, Vanguard in 2016.
This was what actually happened
He said to Bode “Am I the one you’re barking at? Keep barking.”
In 1953, Bode Thomas, then Chairman of Oyo Divisional Council died of Barking after insulting a notable King, then Alaafin of Oyo, Aderemi II for not standing up to greet him during a meeting.
He was Nigeria’s first Minister of Transportation and a former Minister of Works.