President reflects on 2014
December 24, 2014 7:00 pm
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in his Christmas Message has thanked every Fijian for their contribution towards Fiji’s progress as a nation.
Addressing the nation Ratu Epeli says we should be thankful for the numerous achievements made together as a nation.
Fiji’s return to parliamentary democracy was one of the biggest achievements for 2014.
The Head of State Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says its commendable that people came out in numbers and actively participated in choosing their representatives in Parliament.
Fiji was also greatly assisted by the international communities.
“I especially thank the countries that stood by Fiji in the past eight years as we redefined the foundations of nationhood and as we worked towards elevating Fiji to be among the greatest democratic nations in the world, a nation that promotes true equality and justice, and the highest level of respect and dignity towards all her people, without exception.”
The President says much of what we want for Fiji is contained in the 2013 Constitution.
“Given our social and political history, there is, before us, a strong and urgent need for men and women of goodwill and fortitude, who have the best interests of Fiji in their hearts, to come forth, and help take Fiji forward. I have no doubt that the next four years will be exciting for all Fijians as the nation continues to build on the foundation that has been laid for us.”
Ratu Epeli called on the nation to share a genuine desire to help each other and create a new Fiji for current and future generations.
“Fiji is not just our country. It is home to us all. We are one people and one nation. As we celebrate the festive season, let us all pledge that we will continue to embrace a culture of appreciation, respect and tolerance, and that we will devote every effort to making Fiji a truly democratic, peaceful and prosperous country.”
The President has urged that on this Christmas, people should devote time and resources to the less fortunate and elderly including those in hospitals and prisons… because the spirit of Christmas…is giving.