We are saddened today to hear of the passing of Rev Tuikilakila, President of the Methodist Church in Fiji after being admitted two days ago to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. Isa, it's a hard day for many people, his family, friends, colleagues, and the wider Methodist Church members. Tui was an outstanding scholar in the Old Testament, studied in Melbourne where we got to know him well.Most of all he has been a light in darkness, a man of high principles and standards who would not compromise like so many others - about injustice in society and the trauma of political coups and mayhem. Yesterday when I read that the deaconesses were praying for him at their service I wondered then if Tui was seriously ill. He was only sixty-six. Our condolences go to Joana his wife, and their daughter. There are many tributes already on facebook.
The FBC broke the news publicly about midday Fiji Time.
FBC News Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
The President of the Methodist Church in Fiji Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu has passed away after a short illness.
FBC News understands Reverend Tuikilakila passed away at the CWM Hospital at nine this morning at the age of 66.He hails from Naroi in Moala, Lau and also holds the title of Turaga Tui Nasau. Reverend Tuikilakila is survived by his wife Joana and a daughter. According to the procedures of the Methodist Church, the former President, in this case Reverend Ame Tugaue will act as the Interim President until a new President is elected.