“FIRS Makes New Appeal: ‘Jesus Paid Your Debt, Not Your Taxes'” – Following CAN Outburst

  • The FIRS has tendered an apology over its Easter message to Christians, which read, “Jesus paid your debt, not your taxes”
  • Dare Adekanmbi, the special adviser on media to the chairman of the FIRS, in a statement, said the message of the agency was different from the interpretation it was being given
  • Adekanmbi noted that it was one of the FIRS’ unique ways of communicating with Nigerians to remind them to pay their taxes

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has made a fresh appeal to the Christians in Nigeria (CAN) following its Easter message, which led to an outburst by the Christian Association of Nigeria.

In its Easter message to the Christians in Nigeria on social media, the FIRS shared a flier of a point of sale (PoS) machine and captioned it: “Jesus paid your debt, not your taxes”.

The FIRS has apologized to Christians over its controversial Easter messageFIRS tenders apology to Christians over controversial Easter message
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FIRS deletes controversial Easter message

After deleting the post, the tax agency later tendered an apology for the move.

In a statement late Tuesday, April 2, Dare Adekanmbi, the special adviser on media to the chairman of the FIRS, said, “We wish to offer our unreserved apologies for this misinterpretation.”

The agency further stated that the flier was not put out to purposely denigrate Jesus Christ or deny his huge sacrifice for humanity.

FIRS: What we mean by our Easter message

Adekanmbi maintained that the meanings that were being read to the post were not what the FIRS intended to communicate to Nigerians.

The statement partly read:

“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.”

The statement noted that the message was one of the unique ways the agency passed messages to Nigerians not to forget to pay their taxes.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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