Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared today, Thursday (May 17) as the first day of the Ramadan fasting in Nigeria.
Abubakar announced the citing of the new crescent in Sokoto on Wednesday in a broadcast, to corroborate Saudi’s pronouncement.
He said the new moon was sighted in various places like Sokoto, Niger, Yobe, Port Harcourt, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and other areas.
“Upon due verification and authentication by the national moon sighting committee and states committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifies the end of Sha’aban 1439 AH.
”In accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah are to commence fasting on Thursday accordingly.”
He called on all Muslims to devote themselves fully to the worship of Allah throughout the holy month, and use the period to pray for the progress, peace and prosperity of the nation.
“We further called on Nigerians to continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious and tribal difference.”
President Buhari sends Ramadan greetings to Muslims
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent greetings and best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world as they commenced the 30-day Ramadan fast.
His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the message of the President available to newsmen.
“It is meant to inculcate righteousness and discipline,” he said.
Buhari called on fasting Muslims to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.
He called on Muslims and all Nigerians to extend hands of generosity to their fellow men, and to help the government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.
Ramadan Kareem to all our Muslim brothers and sisters around the World.