The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Wednesday, July 6, as Eid-el-Fitr day in Nigeria.
President-General of the organization, and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, made the announcement.
The Sultan said the new moon of Shawwal had not yet been sighted anywhere in Nigeria.
He urged Muslim faithfuls across Nigeria to observe for sighting of the new moon crescent.
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar also enjoined Muslims in the country to fast on Tuesday and observe the Eid prayers on Wednesday.
The NSCIA had on Sunday asked every Muslim in the country to look for the new moon between Sunday and Monday for the Eid el-Fitri.
Sultan Declares Wednesday As Eid-el-Fitr
The Secretary-General of the council, Is-haq Oloyede in a statement on Sunday, said the council, under the leadership of the Sultan, enjoined all Muslims to look out for the moon.
Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and a few other countries had earlier announced Wednesday as Eid-el-Fitri day in their various countries.
Eid-el-Fitri celebrations are used to mark the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.
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The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the NSCIA had earlier directed Muslim faithfuls in the country to commence the Ramadan fast on Monday 6th June.
Eid el-Fitr, “festival of breaking of the fast”, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police have identified at least four kinds of locations nationwide where attacks can occur as Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts worldwide for the Eid-el-Fitr festivities.
Making the statement to newsmen on Monday, Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, said that the Acting IG, Ibrahim Idris, had ordered all zonal headquarters and state commands to ensure adequate security at such potential vulnerable locations.