March 17th 2019
The National Federation Party is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of three people who are Fijian nationals in the massacre carried out by an extremist in two mosques in Christchurch.
One of the three, the Imam of Lautoka Mosque Haji Musa Patel had served as Head of the Lautoka mosque for almost three decades. He was a well-respected an embodiment of wisdom.
We feel the pain and suffering of the three families who lost their loved ones in this barbaric act. Their loss is immeasurable and irreplaceable. No words can bring solace and comfort to them in their hour of grief.
The gruesome killing of worshippers inside their place of worship in a nation known for its peace and tranquillity will never be forgotten for a long time to come. Killing Muslim worshippers while they were praying is cowardly and despicable.
Like New Zealand, Fiji is a multiracial, multi-religious and multicultural country. We believe in co-existing peacefully. That is why New Zealand and Australia are main destinations for Fijians who have or are planning to migrate.
So, the last thing one expects is for the peace and tranquillity to be shattered in such a gruesome manner.
This is a time for all our beloved citizens to galvanise into a united force and support our Muslim community here and elsewhere in overcoming their grief.
Professor Biman Prasad