The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has forgiven the Sterling Bank and its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, over what was described as a “provocative and demeaning Easter greeting advert” where the bank compared the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to ‘Agege Bread.’
A statement signed by CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola on Saturday in Abuja, disclosed that besides the “acceptable and genuine” apology letter from the bank dated 20 April, 2022 and signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Abubakar Suleiman, well meaning and highly placed Nigerians have been appealing to CAN to forgive the CEO.
“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.
“We appeal to corporate institutions especially the banks to be more sensitive, considerate and professional in handling their public messages. Whatever that 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.”