The Christian Association of Nigeria has called for the dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman.
This comes after the backlash to Sterling Bank’s controversial Easter advert.
According to the association, the advert which has drawn so much criticism and even an apology from the bank is an insult to Christ. In the advert, the Bank compared the resurrection of Jesus Christ to a loaf of bread.
The statement signed by CAN’s National Publicity Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, described the advert as “wicked and insensisitve” towards Christians.
The statement read in part,
“The attention of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria has been drawn to an ungodly, wicked, insensitive and deliberately provocative advertisement of Sterling Bank, comparing the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ to ‘Agege Bread’ amidst the Easter celebration.”
“That is insulting, ridiculous and a mockery of Jesus Christ. We advised Christians to be wary of the banks and other financial institutions they are patronising. We learnt that the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has reportedly intervened in the matter with a view to impose some sanctions against Sterling Bank. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is waiting for the decision of the organisation”
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“In case the management of the Sterling Bank is not aware, the resurrection of Jesus witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, then He has power to raise the dead.”
The statement then went on to call for the Bank’s CEO to be sacked. It read,
“However, in the interim, we call for the immediate removal of the Chief Executive of Sterling Bank; Mr. Abubakar Suleiman with his Management whose actions have clearly shown their hostility and hatred for the Christian faith.”