VILLAGERS of Nabavatu in Macuata were surprised when President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau paid them a visit yesterday.
Ratu Epeli, who was accompanied by Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica and a team of government officials, wished the villagers a blessed 2013.
Village headman Esala Tawake said it was indeed a blessing for them to be visited by a humble leader.
"This is the first time for us to be visited by the President and we are really appreciative of his presence," Mr Tawake said.
"We are really surprised because we never thought he would choose to come to our village. He is certainly a good and humble leader."
Ratu Epeli told the villagers such a visit was his own initiative in trying to meet and greet all Fijians.
"This is something that I try to fulfill for the people of this nation for an enhanced relationship."