Press "Enter" to skip to content

CAN Calls for Apology from FIRS Over Easter Message

CAN Calls for Apology from FIRS Over Easter Message

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is demanding a public apology from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) regarding an Easter advertisement that it found offensive.

The FIRS had shared a picture of a Point of Sale machine on social media with the caption, “Jesus paid your debts, not your taxes.”

This post received backlash from Nigerians, especially Christians, prompting its removal.

In response, CAN’s National Director of National Issues and Social Welfare, Abimbola Ayuba, issued a statement urging President Bola Tinubu, Minister of Finance Wale Edun, and the Department of State Services to address the issue and ensure that FIRS adheres to messages promoting unity and peace.

The statement read in part, “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.”

The association advised all public and private organisations to exercise caution and consideration for the diverse religious backgrounds of the society.

It said communications, especially from public institutions, should be crafted with a clear understanding of the cultural and religious tapestry that defines the nation.

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *