FIRS Apologises Over Controversial Easter Message

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has apologised to Christians over its controversial Easter message.
FIRS, in a now-deleted post on its social media accounts on Saturday, wrote: “Jesus paid your debt, not your taxes.”
Consequently, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) condemned the message, demanding an apology.
CAN, in a statement by its Director, National Issues and Social Welfare, Commodore Abimbola Ayuba (Rtd), also described the message as “offensive and derogatory to the Christian faith.”
Reacting to the development, Special Adviser on Media to the FIRS Chairman, Dare Adekanmbi, in a statement on Tuesday, said as a responsible agency of government, the service did not put out the flier purposely 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. 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 said.
According to Adekanmbi, 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,” he added.




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