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Nasik Swami
Saturday, April 19, 2014

IN the hope of capturing the essence of the Easter season, which is essentially to reflect, forgive and create a more effective spiritual life, Pita Nacuva, ousted Speaker of the House of Representatives, has taken this time to reflect on the "crucifixion" as he puts it, of the 1997 Constitution.

And Mr Nacuva refers to it in this way, recalling that the document was "wholly removed, revoked and abrogated" on Good Friday, April 10, 2009 — exactly five years ago.

In a public statement the former parliamentarian made this week, he explained that while the spirit of that Constitution "is still hovering over the waters", it was indeed the season to forgive.

"Beloved Fijians, this is the season for forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32)," Mr Nacuva told this newspaper.

"Five years ago, on Good Friday, 10 April 2009, President (Ratu Josefa Iloilo) Uluivuda, through an extraordinary government gazette, proclaimed to the people of this beloved nation that the Constitution of Fiji had been wholly removed, revoked and abrogated.

"The Constitution which we collectively, as the people of this nation, received, accepted and covenanted at the conclusion of the preamble to the said Constitution, stating 'with God as our witness, give us this Constitution'."

Mr Nacuva recalled his swearing-in as the House of Representatives Speaker on Monday, June 5, 2006.

And while he had little time to serve, the brave parliamentarian has forgiven those involved in the events of December 5, 2006, leading the removal of the democratically-elected government.

"I hereby with a very clear conscience grant my personal forgiveness to those involved for neither upholding their personal integrity nor dependent on their god-given conscience but succumbed to unjustified external commands, orders, coercion and intimidation."

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