Nigerian Muslims have been directed to observe eid-el-fitr on Sunday to effectively mark the end of the Ramadan.
Sultan of Sokoto and President-General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, said that the order followed the sighted of the moon in some locations in Nigeria.
Seven countries have also announced end of Ramadan, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Senegal.
The Sultan said that the moon was sighted in parts of the country including Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
He therefore called on Muslims all over Nigeria to cease to fast as it is not permitted to fast on Sallah day.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message of greetings to Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity announced this in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.
According to the statement, the President, who is currently on medical vacation in London, urged all citizens to resolve to live in peace and avoid making reckless statements.
The message reads: “I am immensely grateful to God for His mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan fast.
“My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brothers Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.
“May the lessons of Ramadan namely; piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time.
“I, again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen.