Forgiven but not forgotten, says P.M.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has forgiven the two suspects who verbally abused him in Brisbane, Australia early this month but the two will not be forgotten.

“I have forgiven them but I will not forget them.

“If by a long shot they are deported back home and may require assistance from the Prime Minister to return to New Zealand or Australia it be will be provided regardless,” he said, in a statement released by the Government’s Press Secretary.

Paramount to Tuilaepa is for Samoans at home and abroad to remain calm and let the rule of law to prevail. 

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“I am grateful to everyone who has expressed their genuine concerns for my safety.  The majority had reaffirmed their loyalty, but the matter is now with the appropriate authorities and let us all leave it at that. Let the law takes its course.”

Acknowledging that he was only fully briefed of what transpired the evening afterwards, Tuilaepa said it is nothing more than “a childish attempt” to embarrass all Samoans, which he added failed miserably.

“I have no doubts it’s politically motivated and a childish plot by the false messiahs and prophets to embarrass my leadership and Government.  And it’s a good reminder to our people of the saying that you can fool some of us some of the time, but you cannot fool an entire country all the time,” he added. 

Tuilaepa said during his career and tenure as the P.M. he has been subject false accusations and wrongly blamed, but he took comfort in the Bible.

“During my career and tenure as Prime Minister, I have been wrongfully accused and blamed many a times and as a God fearing person, I always taken to heart our sacred Bible which teaches us Christians that ‘Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

”I am comforted that the Angels above should be taking notes and should add the Logan event to my tally of good deeds for being wrongly accused again which by the way, should help with my day of judgement day above.”

Tuilaepa said he will reserve further comment on the incident and progress of investigations until he gets an official report from local and Australian authorities. 

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