PEOPLE of faith have an important role to play in society and government, as individuals and congregations. And the government must depend on people of faith as a moral compass.
These were the words of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during the Fiji Muslim League's celebration of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at Nadi's Prince Charles Park yesterday.
Commodore Bainimarama said people of faith gave voice to principle and ensured ethics and morality were a part of our political dialogue.
"This is essential for any society, but especially for a democratic one," said Commodore Bainimarama.
"Government must be pragmatic, but it must also uphold principle, stand for fairness, and stay true to the values of its people.
"Fijians are a religious people, and our government must depend on people of all faiths to be our moral compass, not to impose their religious practices through law but to ensure that government's actions respect the guiding principles of all faiths."
Commodore Bainimarama said many Fijians realised that religion could be a unifying force, "a bridge between us all, no matter what we believe".