FIRS Apologises As CAN Condemns “Provocative” Easter Message

FIRS Apologises As CAN Condemns “Provocative” Easter Message
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CAN Demands FIRS Apology Over 'Provocative' Easter Message

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has apologised to Christians over its Easter message.

In a now-deleted post about Easter on March 31, the agency posted “Jesus paid your debt, not your taxes” which sparked public outcry among Christians.

To this end, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) condemned the Easter message and demanded an apology from the agency.

CAN also described the message as “offensive and derogatory to the Christian faith.”

Reacting, Dare Adekanmbi, Special Adviser, Media to the FIRS, in a statement on Tuesday, said as a responsible agency of government, the service did not put out the flier “purposively to denigrate Jesus Christ or detract from the huge sacrifice He made for humanity.”

“We are acutely aware that the essence of the Easter period is to celebrate this huge sacrifice.

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“The message was our way of uniquely engaging taxpayers and to remind them of the need to prioritise payment of their taxes as a civic obligation. Yes, we would say the message ruffled feathers in some circles,” he added.

According to the agency, the unintended meaning being read into the post was not what “we were out to communicate as an agency.

“FIRS, as a responsible agency, has no religion and will not bring down any religion or offend the sensibilities of adherents of various faiths in the country.

“Our goal is to assess, collect and account for revenue for the wellbeing of the Federation. We believe it is an investment in the progress of the country when citizens pay their taxes.”

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FIRS apologised to CAN and Christians who felt offended at the unexpected consequence of the message on Easter Sunday.

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