Our reporter/ The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday slammed FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, makers of Peak Milk, over an “offensive” advert depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The company published an Easter message on Friday with a picture of a dented tin of Peak Milk pierced on two sides with a nail.
But in a statement on Monday, Joseph Daramola, CAN general secretary, described the advertorial as “insensitive, offensive, and 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,” Daramola’s statement reads.
“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. We, therefore, urge all companies and organizations to be mindful of the religious and cultural sensitivities of their customers when promoting their products. We will not tolerate any attempt to trivialize or disrespect our faith. Be warned.”
FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, makers of Peak Milk, has not responded to CAN as at the time of filing this report.
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