Rev. Akuila Yabaki’s behaviour during these past 2 coups are highly questionable.
After the Speight coup in 2000, he together with 7 FLP Members took legal action against President Iloilo and the AG, seeking 4 Declarations before Justice M.D. Scott. (Refer  FJHC 116)
The Declarations sought from the Court in 2001 were as follows: (a) to Declare the President’s failure to recall Parliament after its prorogation on 27/05/00 was inconsistent with the Constitution; (b) to Declare the purported dismissal of Chaudary as PM on 14/03/01 was inconsistent with the Constitution and is therefore null and void; (c) to Declare the purported dissolution of Parliament on 14/03/01 was inconsistent with the Constitution and is therefore null and void & (d) to Declare the appointment of Qarase and others on 15th, 16th & 19th March 2001 was inconsistent with the Constitution and is therefore null and void.
Yet, in less than 5 years, his stance has evolved drastically from one diabolically opposed to an illegal takeover of an elected government to that of unconditionally supporting an illegal regime.
His recent outbursts against Qarase and the SDL, especially about the so claimed ‘racist bills’ and labeling others who have the moral courage and fortitude to stand up to him, Bainimarama and the illegal regime as all ‘racist’ contradict everything he previously stood and fight for!
Father David Arms’ proposal to the NCCBF ‘..as the military regime was more or less acting outside the Constitution, the NCBBF should take the opportunity to push through the electoral reforms and amend the Constitution, by taking advantage of the military authority and giving the legal Constitutional requirements for making such changes..’ was correctly criticised by Mick Beddoes as ‘treasonous’. (Emphasis mine)
Since, Rev. Yabaki holds a position of responsibility within the NCBBF, why has he not condemned this ‘treasonous’ proposal?
Am I correct to construe by his silence that he concurs?
Also what momentous difference was there between the Chaudary led Multi Cabinet Government and the Qarase led Multi Cabinet Government, which influenced him to favour the former and condemn the latter?
Furthermore, why is he so out of touch with the majority of Fijians including his own Provincial Council, whom have all rejected the People’s Charter?
Can he also substantiate, how the Qoliqoli & Land Claims Tribunal Bills were going to ‘place greater restrictions on non-indigenous people over the ownership and use of land and sea in Fiji’ and its ‘devastating effect’ when passed into law?
Finally, I wish to remind Rev. Yabaki of Justice Scott’s final comments in his case, after refusing Declarations B, C & D, as I believe it is very relevant to Fiji’s political situation today and to the NCBBF’s role as well.
‘I do not question the motives of the Applicants which I am sure are sincere but courts must remember that they are part of society and not above it. Their Judgements must be sensible and practical and should avoid excess legalism. They would do well to remember the words of William Blake who wrote: ‘the errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool.’