Our constitutions always said that the role of the military is to look after the welfare of all the people of Fiji. The management of this most recent disaster shows how it works in practice. With Winston the people of Fiji have seen the measure of the man in charge. And that Bainimarama is in charge, with the Military Council most likely directing operations, gives most people confidence that it cannot be that bad in the end. Not because of Bainimarama's personality, but because the operation is a military one and not left to the bureaucrats.
For too long people have had to put up with mediocre members of Bainimarama's government, the windbags, who talk a lot and are normally on every page of the daily newspapers, and sometimes twice on the same page, but had not been seen or heard during Winston. Thank goodness for that. On the other hand Bainimarama is giving people an honest assessment and rallying everyone to help each other.
That's the best way for us all to recover quickly and it needed someone like him to say it. Not everyone likes him or thinks well of him, or will even necessarily vote for him next time, but in this disaster, he has given the confidence back to the people of Fiji to stand together and rely on themselves alone.