The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned a recent social media advertisement by FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, the makers of Peak Milk, that used Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as a metaphor to promote their product on Good Friday.
This appears to be a replay of a similar scenario from about a year ago, when CAN called for the sacking of Sterling Bank Plc’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer over a provocative and insensitive Easter message.
CAN’s displeasure is expressed in a statement issued on Monday, April 10, 2023, by the association’s General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola.
CAN calls for a boycott of WAMCO products
The statement of CAN partly reads,
- “We find this advert to be insensitive, offensive, and totally unacceptable. Good Friday is a solemn day for Christians all over the world, a day we commemorate the death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the cross for our sins. It is not a day to be used for crass commercial purposes.
- “FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC’s action is not only disrespectful to the Christian faith but also an affront to the millions of Christians in Nigeria and beyond. We are deeply disappointed that a company of such repute would stoop so low to exploit the religious sentiments of its customers for profit.
- “We are considering sanctions against FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, including a boycott of their products by our members and all well-meaning Nigerians who share our concerns. We call on the company to issue an unreserved apology to the Christian community and withdraw the offensive advert immediately.
- “We recall a similar incident in the past when Sterling Bank Plc. used crucifixion imagery to promote their product. We condemned it then, and we condemn it now,” the statement partly read.
The Christian body, therefore, urged all companies and organizations to be mindful of the religious and cultural sensitivities of their customers when promoting their products. Adding that CAN will not tolerate any attempt to trivialize or disrespect the Christian faith.
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