Trib­ute to Ratu Joni

Fiji Sun - - Com­ments - Sa­muela Kailawadoko , Nadi

Rest in peace, Ratu Joni Madrai­wiwi. He was an iTaukei chief who did not yield to ev­ery im­pulse and sug­ges­tion, but con­sid­ered things care­fully and pa­tiently. He tried to be per­fect by not read­ily be­liev­ing and spoke no evil of oth­ers but saw good in them be­cause he knew that hu­man frailty was prone to evil and was likely to ap­pear in speech. Whether he thought of him­self or of his neigh­bour, he knew that no one leaves here with­out suf­fer­ing and the closer he ex­am­ined him­self, the more he grieved.

He did not act rashly or cling ob­sti­nately to one opin­ion. He did not to be­lieve ev­ery­thing peo­ple said or spread gos­sip that he over­heard. He was a man of great wis­dom. The kind­ness shown, his hu­mil­ity to all he met dur­ing his ser­vice to the na­tion has made his life a peace­ful one. He has de­parted as he hoped on the heav­en­ward path.God’s mercy is his only merit. Ni sa moce na gone turaga na Roko Tui Bau (Trans­la­tion: Farewell paramount chief of Bau).

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