The President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced that the Ramadan fast would continue Saturday.
In a statement by the Chairman of Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs of Sultanate Council in Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu, on Friday says this was followed by the report of the National Moonsighting Committee of the NSCIA stating that no moon was sighted in the country on Friday.
It explained the Ramadan fast would reach 30 this year as against preparations earlier made by Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri on Saturday in Nigeria.
The statement quoted the Sultan as declaring Sunday, May 24, as the 1st day of Shawwal 1441AH and the beginning of Eid-el-Fitri celebration in the country.
“This means that Friday, May 22 is the 29th day of Ramadan 1441AH. Therefore, Saturday May 23, is the 30th day of Ramadan 1441AH.
“The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has declared Sunday, May 24, as the first day of Shawwal 1441AH.”
Eid-el-Fitr is a Muslim holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.