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Nadi senior citizens told Fiji “needs you” jyoti pratibha nadi Nadi senior citizens have been urged to speak up because as a nation Fiji “cannot afford your silence”. They have
31 Jul 2014 07:48

Nadi senior citizens told Fiji “needs you”

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Nadi senior citizens have been urged to speak up because as a nation Fiji “cannot afford your silence”.
They have been told that, “We cannot do without your input and advice. Fiji needs you now.”
The plea came from Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama to 100 senior citizens at Nadi Civic Centre who gathered to celebrate Senior Citizens Day, Eid and to start the countdown to Diwali.
Mr Bainimarama asked those present to remember the “dark days” of Fiji where some groups were considered above others and not to allow politicians to rewrite Fiji’s history.
Mr Bainimarama said, “many do not remember the difference that existed among groups in Fiji – between the elites and non-elites, chiefs and commoners, rich and poor”.
He said in less than 50 days, Fiji would go to polls and Fijians would have to choose between competing visions for the future – whether to retreat to the fears and divisions of the past or to embrace a united and prosperous future for all.
“This group – mostly first-time voters – has grown up over the past eight years free from many of the divisions and fears that plagued Fiji after Independence. Indeed, this is something I am very proud about as your Prime Minister.
“You remember the uncertainty, heartbreak and anger that dominated that period in our history. You remember the honest, hardworking people who had contributed so much to our nation who simply lost faith and left Fiji in search of lands where they could be recognised as equals for their contribution to national life.”
“I for one remember. This is why I talk so passionately about resisting the lies of the old politicians who are trying to throw the country into reverse. This is why every fibre of my being is determined to prevent Fiji from being dragged back into a similar state of discord and disharmony. And I know that many of you share this passion.”
Mr Bainimarama said people should not allow politicians to pretend that things were better before his Government “intervened to reset the national compass”.
“To pretend that the same people who brought Fiji to its knees through their squabbling can now work together for the benefit of all Fijians.”
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