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Nationalist apologize before Commission

August 4, 2012 1:01 am

Former nationalist Taniela Tabu hopes that the new constitution will protect the rights of all races in Fiji.

Tabu who for most of his life was considered an extremist lobbying for the iTaukei to have preferential treatment, says it’s now his mission to right the wrongs of the past.

“I have an issue I wish to address to this forum as my duty and obligation as a Christian which is to apologize to the Indian communities both here and abroad for the great wrong that I have done in pursuit of nationalistic goals which I came to know as a Christian was really wrong.”

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Tabu adds he has approached the Methodist church to lead a nationwide apology to people of Indian ethnicity.

“Furthermore, I have taken up this idea with the leadership of the Methodist church to lead a nationwide move to seek God’s forgiveness on the sins of the I Taukei in the 1987 and 2000 coups which led to the beatings and inhumane treatment of all Indians. And also for the i Taukei to apologize to them.”

Meanwhile the Constitutional Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai says the turn-out has been encouraging as they hope more people will turn up today.

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