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CAN condemns Sterling Bank over Easter advert

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
20 April 2022   |   2:55 pm
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has chided Sterling Bank PLC over the advertisement on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. CAN noted that the action of the Bank’s management may be tantamount to being hostile to the Christian faith. “We learnt that the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has reportedly intervened in the matter…

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has chided Sterling Bank PLC over the advertisement on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

CAN noted that the action of the Bank’s management may be tantamount to being hostile to the Christian faith.

“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 organization,” the statement said.

However, in the interim, we call for the We call on all Christians not to take the law into their hands in seeking redress, but to let the relevant authorities handle the matter.

“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.

“If He does not have such power, He is not worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the mystery that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting and gain the victory over the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

“The Empty tomb shows the supremacy of Jesus. Go to the grave of any other religious founder and his carcasses are still there being worship, but where Jesus was buried, it is boldly written; “He is no longer here, He has Risen”! The advertisement was provocative, according to the statement, “but we will refused to be provoked simply not only because it is not in our characters but it came from an uninformed mind of neither of the two leading religions in the country.”