By Tevita Sami
The illegally appointed President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says Fiji intends to rejoin the Commonwealth and plans to reopen doors that have been closed to Fiji.
He made the comments during celebrations to mark Fiji's 40th year of Independence.
Is Nailatikau deluded in thinking that Fiji can decide to join the Commonwealth when it wants to?
By saying Fiji intends to rejoin the Commonwealth he is giving the impression that Fiji made the decision to leave the Commonwealth when the truth is it was kicked out.
The Commonwealth, the European Union, the United Nations, Australia and New Zealand - they all asked Fiji to abide by one rule - return the country to democracy as soon as possible.
As a result, Fiji has been shut out of opportunities like the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Commowealth scholarships, millions of dollars in aid money from the European Union and Fiji's two neighbours - Australia and New Zealand.
Frank Bainimarama said Fiji needed to fix up a lot of problems and make preparations before it could go to the polls.
Does a country with less than a million in population really need 8 years to prepare for elections?
With the international community ready to help Fiji return to democracy, Fiji could have easily asked for help and it would have been granted.
Why now, all of a sudden, on Independence day, (which I still don't know why Fiji is celebrating since it's not Independent at the moment with an independent government!) does Fiji want to rejoin the Commonwealth etc?
Does it think that the international community is at its beckon call? Maybe ...
Sorry Nailatikau and Co ... the international community gave you too many chances already.
Since you all are celebrating Fiji's Independence and giving messages left right and centre, my one to you and your gang at the interim regime is, with the four coups it has experienced over 20 years .... Heck, Fiji would have been better under the Queen!