Call for loyalty towards Fiji

Students of Lagalaga Sanatan Primary School celebrate Fiji Day and Children's Day. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

WITH Fijians around the world celebrating Independence Day today, the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has pleaded that all citizens be loyal to our beloved nation.

In celebrating Fiji Day and Children’s Day at Lagalaga Sanatan Primary School in Macuata yesterday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said all Fijians should consider the long-term development of the nation.

“Because it is Fiji Day, it is very appropriate for all of us to understand that we all must remain loyal to our country irrespective of what,” he said.

“Loyalty means that we actually put our country first. When you put your country first we are able to ensure we have a strong country.

“If there are some who try to undermine the country for whatever reason, personal reasons, political reasons, commercial reasons or whatever the case may be, then you actually not thinking long-term.

“We as citizens of this country need to think about the long-term goals, where we want to be in five or 10, 15 or 20 years’ time.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said great countries in this world had become great because of forward looking and patriotic people.

“So even things like the next time you go to the IDC tournament or a rugby match and they play the national anthem, please give it your attention and don’t have a cigarette dangling out from your mouth,” he said.

“We have to respect the flag, respect the anthem because in this way we send a strong message to the young people that we need to put our country first.

“If everybody works together and if everybody focuses on their country, then we become great.

“Independence day in any country is a momentous occasion and it shows that people living in that land or the people of that land are the people making decisions regarding themselves.”

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