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Vilisi Nadaku- A Fiji Family Hero

February 22, 2010

What occurred on an ordinary Suva afternoon Friday 19th February 2010 is the feat of a Fijian folk legend to be told.
 It wasn’t performed before live TV or to an assembled media audience. It wasn’t a great rugby sevens winning try nor some valiant deed on a battlefield afar. Vilisi Nadaku from Namara had done it- the stuff of high human moral courage up there with the best. He had boldly approached the military guards strewn at the bottom floor of the Prime Minister’s office building and demanded he deliver a letter to the man himself.
The soldiers queried the contents with suspicion but were taken by the man’s quiet but firm insistence on delivering it personally. They escorted Vilisi all the way up to the Prime Minister’s office where the soldier knocked, saluted, entered and delivered the letter.
 Prior to his short but epic walk throug Suva  from the other end of the  city, Vilisi had knelt and prayed at Centenary Church for courage and success in his simple delivery mission. It was complete –the rest was up to the Lord. He had fasted with his family and now that the season of lent had begun he will sacrifice his job and his family’s welfare for what he believed in-Democracy. This simple delivery in time will mark the beginning of the restoration of democracy in Fiji post December 2006 coup.
According to Radio New Zealand International News of Sun 21st February 2010, a letter calling for elections to be held in Fiji this year has been submitted to the military-led regime in Suva. The petition was from Mr. Nadaku, his wife Ana and their five children, demanding Bainimarama and his Interim government returns Fiji to the polls this year, 2010.
Vilisi rose to fame with his lone protest demonstration of the SDL/Interim Regime court ruling in October of 2008. He was charged, convicted and fined an exorbitant amount for breeching the PER decree.
The petition is said to have the support of more than 600-thousand people, demanding a return to democracy before the 2014 date planned by Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
One of those supporting the move, Suliasi Daunitutu, who is part of the Fiji Democracy Movement in Australia, says people in Fiji have endured a lot since the coup in 2006, and he says are now backing earlier elections.
He says people are afraid to express that openly, so it’s being done through various political parties who applaud and are in awe of this one man’s courage at the risk of imprisonment. 
Mr Daunitutu says the leaders of the Fiji Labour, SDL and National Federation parties submitted a list of their members to be included in the document for their parties have been outlawed.
What Vilisi is petitioning for is his family’s right to elections as contained   in Article 21 of the UDHR which states; “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
We as citizens of Fiji should all take pride that we have men like Vilisi amongst us. For in a society where emphasis continues to be placed on ethnicity and race we have lost track of the power of the Family. What Vilisi has done is reclaim our distinct “Fiji identity” as Family which our whole society is built on.
Ratu Joni Madrawiwi in a landmark speech “Evolving Identity” at the Rotary Club Suva, 5th October 2006, said, “We are one big Fiji Family. Families are important to us. We belong to one and are connected to many others. Families are how we identify each other. We try to find links. And then make judgements and assumptions accordingly. What family are you from? Who are you? Who are you related to”?
We as citizens of Fiji locally and globally are proud to be related to you Mr and Mrs Vilisi Nadaku and family. Vinaka Vaka levu,tagane me vakalou mana taki iko na tamada sa cecere.
Kai Colo.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Koya na Man permalink
    February 22, 2010 8:56 PM

    Vinaka vakalevu Vilisi, We are proud of you Bro…

    This picture reminds me of a Bible story of David and Goliath, as all the Israeli soldiers were watching in silence scared of Goliath,a shepherd boy offered a challenge.

    In the midst of confusion and uncertainity, David a shepherd boy who refused to be armed walked down the valley of death(potrayed in the minds of his bretherens) to confront everyones fear with an ordinary weapon which looks lame in the eyes of men,undermining military prowess and tactics.

    But little did anyone know the secret of Davids courage as the anointing of the great God was showering upon him at that very moment, I reckon u know the rest.

    Vilisi thank u for your courage, it takes one man leaping foward in faith and God will take care of the rest.

  2. Soko permalink
    February 22, 2010 9:25 PM

    A hero maybe! but then again the question needs to be asked to whose benefit is this petition if it’s not the people?

  3. EnufDictatorship permalink
    February 22, 2010 10:51 PM

    Soko…areh wah…the petition BENEFITS THE PEOPLE!..Who else? animals? What planet are you on man?

    And how can Vilisi’s act be a “hero maybe”? What heroic PUBLIC act have you done lately?

    You’re the kind of people who lack the value of APPRECIATION when other heroes like Vilisi make the sacrifice, so, you and I can show our faces and be bold about the rights we have lost.

    God bless you and your family, Vilisi! Man e..i…i dina!

  4. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    February 22, 2010 10:56 PM

    Koya na Man, thank you for reminding us of the story of David; there is a lot in common between David and Vilisi.

    Both are men of great faith who united their country.

    I am reminded of a story by Paul Gallico called “The Small Miracle”. Although fictional, this is also a story of great faith.

    It tells of a little boy in the Italian town of Assisi { St Francis } following WWII whose donkey becomes ill. After a long period of fruitlessly seeking help, Pepino decides to travel to Rome to seek help from the Holy Father.

    Pepino ventured forth with the maxim from a US GI, “Don’t never take no for an answer.”

    He was first rebuked at the doors of the vatican by a Swiss Guard.

    He returned with a small bouquet of flowers and a handwritten note.

    He handed these to the Swiss Guard and asked that they be delivered to the Pope. The guard had not expected this but had experience in dealing with these situations.

    He withdrew to the guard room to throw the flowers in the bin but found he could not and delivered them to the Pope.

    The rest of the story contains the “Small Miracle”.

    The similarity between Pepino letter to the Pope and Vilisi’s family letter to the dictator have so much in common.

    I would commend the short story to you all.

  5. Soko permalink
    February 23, 2010 8:19 AM


    “The number of people that are represented in the support of the Nadaku family came to a total of 685,936”

    Does this figure include the children their animals and pets?

    Hence the question, they claim they are doing for the people I beg to differ.

    It is self serving stunt and an exercise in futility.

  6. ofa permalink
    February 23, 2010 9:25 AM

    Vilisi’s gutsy act should encourage us all to think hard about what we can do to rid our beloved country from the deadly disease of a totally incompetent and brutal dictatorship. Let us think a bit what we can do both individually and collectively to undermine Cassava Frank and his stooges. Everyone can make a contribution however small.

  7. February 23, 2010 5:28 PM

    To My Fellow Bloggers,
    I must acknowledge and applaud the courageous act exemplify by this brother, Vilisi Nadaku for his resolve and need for the return of democratic rule in Fiji. However, it would be premature to have the election this year until the electoral reforms and the institutional structure of governance in Fiji is complete. Such political and social reforms will ensure the eradication of any loopholes within the political system that might be exploited by certain individuals with ulterior motives. This reforms will be fully implemented prior to the general election in 2014. I’m sure we can all wait just for a little while longer, after all, GOOD THINGS HAPPENS TO THOSE THAT WAIT. Just to reiterate the words of the old wise man, PATIENCE IS VIRTUE. Cheers.

  8. Free Fiji permalink*
    February 23, 2010 7:26 PM

    What is his name?… that old wise man you mentioned above Dude

  9. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    February 23, 2010 7:34 PM

    Good grief jackass, do you actually believe this rubbish that the bugle blower forces you to type.

    Let’s do a col dimwiti and ‘read between the lines’ of your missive.

    “Such political and social reforms will ensure the eradication of any loopholes within the political system that might be exploited by certain individuals with ulterior motives.” – the so called new election system will only allow supporters of the moronic military to stand for, and be elected to a puppet parliament.

    The real power will still lie with the military in this sham.

    “the general election in 2014”

    So far bananasinpyjamas has lied to the people so many times that we have lost count.

    Only a fool would believe that he would hand over power and give up the good life.

    The jaundiced junta has made a complete mess of everything in Fiji; including sending the country broke.

  10. Koya na Man permalink
    February 23, 2010 7:50 PM

    Jack Bula

    Sorry to say this,I now have a very bad feeling towards you bro, whenever your name pops up for a comment on any article that comes out of this bolgsite.

    Please forgive me, but for the moment just go and screw urself.

    No one wants to wait for all those con process that will take away our rights to rule our land, using a common roll system, this illegal govt.. is trying to adapt.

    Once again please forgive me bra,u always come up with some sensible ideas, but pliz,pliz, just fuck off tu mada.

  11. FreeFiji permalink*
    February 23, 2010 8:57 PM

    Vinaka valevu Koya na man

  12. radiolucas permalink
    February 24, 2010 12:41 AM

    Good on you Vili – the talk of the town and a hero for the people. You bravery is a model for us all.

    The Military are afraid of protest and criticism more than anything else – they are training to hold guns, not use their brains, hence why they decide that silencing dissent is the only way to go, because:

    1. They cannot rebut criticism without using the butt of a rifle;

    2. They cannot control the hearts and minds; and

    3. Their ideas for “moving fiji forward” are often so badly thought out and.or moronic that they have absolutely nothing to show for it – so they are embarrassed and afraid of being held to account for their sins.

    So the IG have to keep everyone quiet because everyone knows that the ship is sinking and the rats are in charge.

  13. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    February 24, 2010 2:11 PM

    Every effort, big or small is appreciated. Vilisi has my respects.

  14. February 24, 2010 3:55 PM

    @ Koya na Man

    Bro, just focus on the message, don’t shoot the messenger because the truth might pass you by. We may originate from the same country, even from the same province, but that does not mean that it is mandatory to share the same values and political ideology. If that’s the case, than we lose our very essence as human beings, things that differentiate us from other animals, and that’s our ability to reason and think logically and rationally. Futhermore, if you detest my opinion with great venom, than I do feel for your bleeding soul, because only the truth will set you free, bro. By the way, isn’t freedom of speech the core argument that you and other fellow blogger are strongly advocating on this site. Constructive criticism and counter-arguing subjective and objective viewpoints reflects core democratic ideals. Resorting to foul language and character assassination only erodes a person’s credibility to articulate his/her point of view. Cheer up bro.

  15. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    February 24, 2010 4:45 PM reports Bainimarama labels this petition by the people toilet paper.

    I respect any kind of effort put forth by groups and individuals but I also know that the best efforts premised on reasoning and good faith will meet with a brick wall.

    Dictators don’t negotiate.

  16. NadroKid permalink
    February 24, 2010 4:47 PM


    This is in reply to your comment on February 23, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    It seems that the current lawless regime did not follow that old wise man saying about patience and waiting etc. Where was their patience when the previous government (SDL/Labour) was trying to work things out? Where was “Good things will come to those who wait” back then?

    They should all just get ready to do some jail time.

  17. Tucake permalink
    February 25, 2010 2:11 PM

    Thank you Vilisi, Ana and the kids

  18. February 26, 2010 7:26 AM

    My Tau Vilisi what you did has demoralized the Dictator because he now knows that his terror tactics is not working on all Fijians. You are showing the way by standing up and be counted.Others will follow suite and its domino effect will crumble this illegal Regime.Vinaka vakalevu my Tau.

  19. Tomasi Vaka permalink
    March 3, 2010 11:33 AM

    The loudmouth blogger Soko criticizes the actions of gallant citizens like Vilisa and yet hides behind a blogname on this site.This idiot is symptomatic of the cowards in green who hid behind balaclavas when raiding the SDL office and inflicting torture on its members. I am no political supporter of the SDL but am continually astounded at the thuggery and immaturity of this illegal regime.

    Judging by comments on other posts, Soko should really go and get psychiatric counselling up at St Giles because his beloved Banimarama junta has gone to the dumps. . The actions of the Fiji military are similar to that cowardly and distateful criminal syndicate,” The Mafia” who eventually self destructed sending its reputation in tatters both locally and internationally.

    Mark my words, Bainiamarama and all these criminals who help prop up his tinpot junta will end up behind bars and this is one case where I will fully support death by firing squad and the hangmans noose.

    The actions of Vilissi and the criminal acts perpetrated on members of the SDL party has only served to galvanise public opinion against thise illegal regime.

    Vulaono and his thugs should be reminded that once they pursue the law of the jungle then equal measure will be dished out to them in the future at a time and place they will least expect.

  20. March 23, 2010 12:46 PM

    soko oti qori kubu yavoki mada

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