Talk about real issues facing people – Biman

National Federation Party leader, Professor Biman Prasad. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

Government politicians should be talking about real issues facing people and the nation, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

He was responding to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s statement that opposition political parties would start fighting for ministerial positions and who gets the most Facebook likes if they got into government, in reference to the difference of opinion on Energy Fiji Ltd by The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka and deputy leader Lynda Tabuya during a news conference in Suva.

Prof Prasad said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was hoodwinking no one but only himself by making a mountain out of a molehill.

“He is obviously hallucinating in his own illusory world and dribbling over nothing,” he said.

“Because no one in his or her right frame of mind would link governance to Facebook likes.

“Or in all likelihood the A-G is talking about himself and FijiFirst because he seems obsessed with Facebook and emojis.

“Just like in 2014 and 2018, we are focused on ensuring this election campaign is about a battle of ideas.

“However, this campaign expands to new frontiers as it is all about the track record of the (Voreqe) Bainimarama and FijiFirst governments for over 15 years.”

He said FijiFirst government ministers are still stuck in the past and even shamelessly used religious ceremonies to emotionally blackmail people.

“Because wherever we go, the people want us to talk about their failed policies and vent their anger at their politics of race and fear instead of addressing their fundamental problems that severely impact their livelihood.

“Talking about Facebook, fear-mongering, blaming the Russia-Ukraine war, attacking past governments and the current opposition, or further increasing our $9 billion debt to play politics, will do nothing to the exorbitant rise in the cost of living.”

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