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FIRS Must Retract Its Offensive Easter Advert – CAN

Christians Association of Nigeria

Christians Association of Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria has come out to demand a public apology from the Federal Inland Revenue Service over an Easter advert.

Recall that the Christian body recently deemed the ad offensive, and Nigerians have been reacting.

After FIRS shared a picture of a Point of Sale machine with the caption, “Jesus paid your debts, not your taxes,” CAN’s National Director of National Issues and Social Welfare, Abimbola Ayuba said that the management of the service must retract the message.

She added that FIRS must be guided to communicate strategies that promote respect, unity and cohesion.

Her words, “In the light of recent events, we call upon the management of the FIRS to retract the message and offer a public apology for the distress caused.

We also urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, and the Department of State Services to take cognisance of this incident and to guide the FIRS in adhering to communication strategies that promote respect, unity, and cohesion.

As a nation that prides itself on religious harmony and peaceful coexistence, we are deeply concerned by the recurrence of provocative messages around religious holidays. This year, a public institution, which should be the bastion of exemplary conduct, has been implicated in disseminating content that is widely regarded as offensive and derogatory to the Christian faith.

The Easter period, a time of solemn reflection and sacred observance for Christians, should not be juxtaposed with civic obligations in a manner that trivialises or mocks core religious beliefs. Religious convictions are at the heart of our identity and deserve the utmost respect.

The analogy drawn by the FIRS between the pivotal Christian doctrine of redemption, and the civic duty of tax payment has been received with distress and indignation by the Christian community.”


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