A number one opposition MP from Fiji is delighting new social media followers along with his wide-eyed discovery of Twitter, even because the nation is experiencing heightened political tensions.
Pio Tikoduadua, who’s the president of the Nationwide Federation Occasion, introduced on Monday that whereas his Twitter account had been created some time in the past, it had been run by his employees till now.
“That is my first week of actively utilizing it,” he wrote. “I’ve found what a ‘retweet’ and a ‘quote tweet’ is. I hope to interact with you extra! God Bless Fiji.”
Since then, Tikoduadua has been documenting his parliamentary engagements, in addition to his faltering makes an attempt to make use of the platform, bringing pleasure to followers, regardless of the political ructions which have come to the fore in Fiji this week.
Tikoduadua and eight other opposition figures were arrested over the weekend and questioned by police for statements made a couple of contentious land invoice that’s set to be debated by parliament on Friday.
There are fears that tensions over the invoice may result in political protests and civil disobedience, resulting in an elevated police presence in main cities and cities throughout Fiji.
In a video shared on Twitter late on Wednesday, Tikoduadua stated he was going again to proceed his interview with police. “I don’t know the way lengthy I’ll be,” he stated and invited folks to “at me” with questions in regards to the investigation which he would have a look at when he obtained again.
Tikoduadua’s tweets, which embody inquiries to followers about how notifications work on Twitter, in addition to courteous replies to criticism, have provided respite from the political pressure, in addition to appreciable amusement.
On Tuesday, forward of the Rugby 7’s Olympics quarter-final which noticed Fiji trounce Australia 19-0, he tweeted: “Bula associates, I hope that your night goes nicely as all of us look forward to Fiji’s recreation. Right now I be taught that ‘FFS’ doesn’t imply “‘Fiji First Supporters’. God Bless Fiji.”
Fiji First is the title of the nation’s ruling social gathering.
In one other tweet, Tikoduadua responded to a follower whose Twitter deal with is KitKat who wrote that “It’s possible you’ll be new right here sir, however tweeting like an actual OG!!!!!”
“Bula KitKat,” got here the MP’s formal reply in a quote tweet. “Please clarify what ‘OG’ means. I’m assuming it means ‘Previous Woman’?”
When one other person – whose deal with is “Mama Dragon” – defined it meant “Authentic Gangster” and was a praise, he replied: “Bula Mama, thanks for that essential clarification. These phrases are complicated!”
Confusion was a standard theme within the politician’s tweets during the last three days, with Tikoduadua writing: “I’m making an attempt arduous to answer everybody. The notification construction here’s a bit arduous to know. This has induced me a lot confusion.”
Upon studying that the acronym “TL” meant “timeline” and never “Tailevu” – a province in Fiji – he wrote “this has induced me a lot anxiousness”.
“Hi there Buddies,” he tweeted late on Monday. “Sorry if I’m maintaining you up. I’ve simply been requested to include hashtags on my posts. I solely know ‘#FijiNews’ as a result of I noticed the NFP youth account use it. Are there any extra I can use? Do I’ve to ask for permission? God Bless Fiji.”
Tikoduadua’s honesty about his unfamiliarity with the platform and the authenticity of his posts have endeared him to followers, who’ve provided reward and encouragement, in addition to recommendation.
His courteous, severe engagement with their responses to him are placing, given Twitter’s repute for being a hothouse of nameless abuse and snark.
After posting an image of the prime minister and legal professional normal, a follower tweeted him to ask whether or not it was obligatory for him to incorporate the image given the nation’s present political divisions, fuelled by the land invoice and the federal government’s dealing with of a Covid outbreak that is currently devastating the Pacific nation.
“Bula,” Tikoduadua replied. “I’ll hold that in thoughts after I search for photographs subsequent time. Thanks on your form options, I respect it.” And he signed off, as he has in each tweet: “God Bless Fiji.”