The Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has said that Ramadan fast would continue today (Wednesday) because there is no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal on Tuesday.
President-General of the Council who is also the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Deputy Secretary-General of NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu declared Thursday as Eid-il-fitr.
The statement was titled, ‘Shawwal 1442 AH Press release.”
It read, “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs – under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni – wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1442 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1442 AH.
“Ramadan fast will therefore continue tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 as the 30th day of Ramadan.
“Consequently, Thursday, May 13, 2021 is hereby declared as 1st of Shawwal, 1442 AH and the day of Eid-il-fitr.
“The council prays that Almighty Allah accept our fasting and other virtuous acts in Ramadan and grant us all peaceful and blissful Eid celebrations.”
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the Federal Government declared Wednesday (today) and Thursday (tomorrow) as public holidays to mark the Eid-El-Fitr.