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Let Us All Heed Ratu Epeli’s Call To Be Patriotic

We all should heed the call the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau made in his Fiji Day celebration message when he said we should be patriotic about our nation. “I appeal
12 Oct 2014 08:01
Let Us All Heed Ratu Epeli’s Call To Be Patriotic
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau during the Fiji Day Celebrations at Albert Park in Suva last Friday. Photo: Jona Konataci

We all should heed the call the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau made in his Fiji Day celebration message when he said we should be patriotic about our nation.

“I appeal to you all to be patriotic, to have a true sense of pride about the  nation no matter what we do or where we are. We should sing our national anthem with pride. We must love our country, just as we must love each other,” the President said.

Surely, we should all be proud of what we have achieved after the change of government in 2006.

As the president said – “I believe that the spirit of the Fijian people had never been stronger and that our nation’s greatest days lie ahead. On this Fiji Day, let us all dedicate ourselves to our new democracy and join hands to make it work. We owe it to ourselves, to history and to generations to come, to finally achieve our potential as a nation, to make Fiji great.”

We have just gone through our elections where during the campaigns by political parties we heard of the promises they made to win votes.

Be reminded that political leaders do not define Fiji. They are merely the guides who try to bring the nation closer to the true intent of the founding fathers.

We now have a new roadmap where all are equal.

This roadmap will lead Fijians to live harmoniously and peacefully in a new and united Fiji.

An American politican said – “The nation’s patriots try to correct the course as they see it by casting ballots; political leaders lend a hand by providing a voice for their constituents. That is democracy. That is patriotism.”

To support the way forward, we must all walk with pride and all stride towards a multiracial Fiji.

For this weekend, as Fijians we must cheer for our national Vodafone Fiji 7s team now playing in Australia for the HSBC Sevens World Series.

They have qualified for the quarterfinals and are playing to bring victory to Fiji.

The victory will surely unite the nation.

The passionate love of Fijians for their beloved Fiji will have a lot to do with winning the 7s series.

We have shown the world that through working together, we have just achieved a great milestone in participating in a credible, free and fair election conducted to the highest international standards.

Now it is time that we all support the Government in its plan to start building the nation.

Let us all be reminded that we should all be proud of our nation.

A patriot is devoted to Fiji, but not with eyes closed. A politician said – “If you vote, you are patriotic. If you volunteer to help your community, you are patriotic. If you exercise your right to peacefully disagree with your government, you are patriotic. Inaction and ambivalence are characteristics of the unpatriotic.”

President Theodore Roosevet said – “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

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