MINISTER of Public Administration and Communications Maxie Cuffie has come in for criticism for a comparison made in a statement marking the occasion of Easter.
In his greetings, Cuffie likened the “empty treasury” to the empty tomb symbolising the resurrection of Jesus Christ, saying the public should not panic but feel hope.
His statement also criticised individuals he said had a tendency to “ascribe blame for every imaginable ill being experienced onto someone else, rather than accept responsibility for our own actions”.
He has since been ridiculed by people on social media, with some questioning whether it was a genuine press release or an April Fool's prank.
Several people commenting on the ministry's Facebook post said the statement was improper and was offensive to the Christian community.
One comment likened Cuffie to US White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Responding directly to several of the comments, Cuffie defended his statement, saying he simply sought to use the message of Christ to relate to present-day circumstances.
In one reply, he said he had approved the statement which was crafted by a pastor who had graduated from a respected seminary. He again said the message of Christ and Easter was applicable to all aspects of life.
But United National Congress (UNC) chairman David Lee says the statement warrants Cuffie's immediate resignation.