CAN Forgives Sterling Bank over Agege Bread Advert

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that Sterling Bank and its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar Suleiman, has been forgiven over its provocative Easter advert.

The bank had compared the resurrection of Jesus Christ to Agege bread which got many criticisms from members of the public. However, the bank apologized to CAN in a letter dated April, 20, 2022.

In a statement on Saturday, May 7, 2022 by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, CAN said that some prominent Nigerians appealed to the organization to forgive the bank as Christianity demands.

Daramola said, “As a result of this development, CAN has resolved to forgive Sterling Bank and its Chief Executive. We always remember that ‘to err is human and to forgive is divine.’

“In taking this step, we are following the footsteps of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who asked God to forgive those who nailed Him to the cross unjustly and has taught us to forgive always.

“We hereby call on all Christians in the country to join us in forgiving the Sterling Bank and its management. Those who are considering stopping patronising the bank as a result of the blunder should stop the process but instead continue doing business with the bank.”

He added that corporate institutions should be more careful with the messages they dish to the public. He continued, “We appeal to corporate institutions especially the banks to be more sensitive, considerate, and professional in handling their public messages. Whatever can cause religious crises in the country should be avoided at all costs, both by the government and the business sector.

“We appreciate our youths who heeded our directive and refused to be dragged into the streets to protest against the bank as being touted in some quarters.

“Finally, we acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the well-meaning Nigerians who intervened in the matter. May the blessings of peacemakers be their portion in Jesus’ name.”

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