Open Letter to President Muhamadu Buhari
Open letter to his Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria.
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Urbain Karim Elisio da SILVA Kamar Deen II
1st High Dignitary of the Islamic Community of Porto Novo
Grand Cross of the National Order of Benin
Chairman of the Porto-Novo Council of Elders
Asiwaju Ilu Ajase
Porto Novo, October 5,2019
Subject : Plea for the reopening of the borders between Benin and Nigeria
Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari.
Through this personal endeavor, it is in the name of Islam that I am heading to you in this delicate economic context arising from the closure of the land borders between Nigeria and Benin.
I apologize for the liberty that I am taking, in writing to you as a well informed retired Muslim businessman, who for a long time worked closely with the Nigerian authorities( former holder of the Special Security Pass N°4 issued on June 26, 1968 by The Lagos Garrison Organization- Nigerian Army)
You are a Muslim and so am I, just like millions of Nigerians and Beninese, and therefore I could not possibly remind you Islamic tablets engraved on the tablet of our hearts, especially those of solidarity and mutual assistance between Muslims.
Our disputes should be resolved promptly on high grounds, and appropriate actions should be taken between brothers, as brotherly countries transcending wishful thinking to a practical reality.
Muslims should not remain indifferent to the hardship and suffering of other Muslims as prescribed in Surah Ali ‘Imran (3:129)-Al Qur’an-al Kareem which stipulates: And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. He forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
This precept is reasserted in Surah An-Nisa (4: 14)-Al Qur’an-al Kareem which establishes that: And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses His limits – He will put him into the Fire to abide eternally therein, and he will have a humiliating punishment.
Finally, it is important to underline that this principle is also revealed in Surah An-Nisa (4: 59)-Al Qur’an-al Kareem which stipulates: O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.
In the past, on more than an occasion, and even when Nigeria was led by a Christian President, Benin enjoyed the generous care of its powerful protective neighbor.
You, who bears the name of Prophet Mohamed(SAW) and who by the grace of Allah is leading such a powerful and great nation, should be committed to lessen the suffering of the Benin people, who include millions of Muslims, by immediately reopening the borders.