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Bainimarama: We call ourselves Christians, why discriminate?

Bainimarama: We call  ourselves Christians, why discriminate?
FijiFirst Party leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (with microphone) in Nabila Village, Nadroga, on November 6, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
November 09
12:47 2018

Why do we discriminate while calling ourselves Christians?

That was the question FijiFirst Party leader Voreqe Bainimarama posed to about 200 people who braved the cold conditions during a campaign at Nabila Village in Nadroga on Tuesday night.

Mr Bainimarama asked: “Are we taught at home, or in schools to hate a different race of people?

“We have gone to the Sunday schools or accompany our parents to church services when we were young. Do they teach us that? Why then does discrimination continue to creep into our society?”

He provided the answer of these questions to supporters.

“This is because we have selfish politicians. These are the ones adding venom into our lifestyle,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Even some of the talatala (preachers) are doing this from the pulpit and it will lead us to great destruction.

“We have the election in a couple of days and they are on the loose. Try to hear their voices and compare it with mine. You will know the difference.

“We only have a lot of talk of us being Christian. There is a lack of love in our midst.

“When we remove discrimination of the people it will replaced by love and that is true Christianity, that is to love your neighbour.

“We seem to know the Bible well, it preaches about loving thy neighbour.”

Mr Bainimarama recounted the days of 1987 and 2000 where hostility was shown against Indo-Fijians as well.

“I have seen what happened during the 2000 mutiny where our soldiers fought among themselves for the first time,” he said.

“I have stressed to loyal men of the RFMF not to forget that day.

“The death of colleagues is a big moment in our history when the ugly head of discrimination that had crept up on us since 1987 resurfaced. It was evident then that our vasu (term for Indo-Fijians) were on the verge to suffer once again. There were some people, who died, were beaten, raped; homes burned and even had their animals stolen.

“There were also smart people who assisted in the development of our nation, but have since left our shores for green pastures.”

In early 2000 from the QEB, as the leader of the RFMF he and others saw plans orchestrated by a group of civilians who were bent on creating division among Fiji’s population.

“This is our land, for the iTaukei, there is no two way about it,” he said.

“This people (Indo-Fijians) settled and made our nation prosper.”

Mr Bainimarama also shared some of the tough times he had to endure with his family in 2000.

Edited by Percy Kean


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