Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has cautioned that: “If we are not careful we will develop a mind set in our people that advancing hatred of other Solomon Islanders is a normal acceptable thing to do.”
Sogavare took good part of his independence reflection to talk about the importance of the national anthem to the country and her people.
In his reflections, Sogavare said the country has seen more political instability and ethnic differences during our 44 years of nationhood for various reasons. “As a matter of fact, the country is still struggling to put together a policy mix in our quest to find lasting solution on the causes of these occurrences.
That is why right from the very beginning our prayers has constantly been requesting the direct intervention of God in the heart of our people at all levels of leadership – from the heads of households, tribal groups, church and religious organizations, established institutions, Charitable Organizations, private sector organizations and political leadership,” he said.
Sogavare said this requires inward looking by all of “us and to be honest about the real intentions of our actions and the words we expressed, because God is watching us and reads our motives like open book.”
In that regard, the PM said the volume of hate messages that are posted in various social media platforms against people in our country by people who professed affiliation to some of our churches is mind-boggling.
“Is there a better and civilized way of communicating how we feel about issues?” he asked.
“If we are not careful we will develop a mind set in our people that advancing hatred of other Solomon Islanders is a normal acceptable thing to do. That is contrary to the ideals of Joy, Peace, Progress and Prosperity that we desire when we founded this nation,” said Sogavare.