You most have found out about the man on a business trip that sent out a message to the partner, explaining the fun he was having and also wrapping up: “Darling, I wish you were her,” when suggested to claim: “I wish you were right here.”
The Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, dedicated a comparable slip on Friday when he provided a declaration paying homage to the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa.
“Edo people will miss our ICONOCLASTIC royal father of the great Benin Kingdom. Nigerians and Nigeria will miss this great exemplar of a Royal Father, an Oba of distinction and integrity,” he wrote.
Iconoclastic? What’s that?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, iconoclastic means “a person who criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted”.
You can accuse the Oba of Benin of anything, you can even say that he passed on a year before it was allowed to be officially reported, but you can never accuse him of being “iconoclastic”.
The Oba was the embodiment of cultural beliefs and practices. In fact, the Bini Kingdom is one of the few in Africa where the advent of Christianity and Islam has not obliterated long-held beliefs, traditions and practices.
So what did Oshiomhole mean to say? According to Peter Okhiria, his chief press secretary, the governor wanted to say “iconic” – Meaning, “Widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence”.
Thank God! That is more like it.
Okhiria wrote: “Our attention has been drawn to the use of a word ‘iconoclastic’ instead of ‘iconic’ in a tribute by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to the Oba of Benin. It was a typographical error.
“We ask mischief makers to desist from trivializing the issue at this period of mourning of our great monarch who has joined his ancestors.”
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