Christian Association of Nigeria Demands Apology from FIRS Over Offensive Easter Advert

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for a public apology from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) following an Easter advertisement that it deemed offensive. The advert, which featured a Point of Sale machine with the caption “Jesus paid your debts, not your taxes,” was shared on social media by FIRS.

CAN’s National Director of National Issues and Social Welfare, Abimbola Ayuba, expressed disappointment over the advert and urged FIRS to retract the message and issue a public apology for the distress it caused. Ayuba also called on President Bola Tinubu, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, and the Department of State Services to intervene and guide FIRS in promoting messages that foster unity and peace.

The statement emphasized the importance of religious harmony and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, expressing concern over provocative messages during religious holidays. CAN highlighted the need for public institutions to uphold exemplary conduct and refrain from disseminating content that is offensive or derogatory to any faith.

CAN underscored that religious convictions are deeply rooted in the identity of individuals and communities and deserve utmost respect. The association urged all organizations, both public and private, to exercise caution and consideration for the diverse religious backgrounds in society when crafting communications.

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