Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Thursday, May 13, 2021 as Eid-el-Fitr Day.
This was revealed in a statement signed on Tuesday by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
The statement however indicates that Ramadan fast will end on Wednesday May 12, 2021 as Thursday becomes the first day of the month of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar 1442AH.
The Statement read, “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moonsighting Committee did not receive any report from the moon sighting committees across the country confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1442AH.
”Therefore, Wednesday 12th May 2021 is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1442AH,” the terse statement said.
The statement according to Leadership newspaper stated further that the Sultan felicitated with the Nigerian Muslim ummah on the occasion and wished Allah’s guidance and blessings including a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Niger Delta Connect had earlier reported that the Federal government declared Wednesday and Thursday public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, on behalf of the Federal government made the declaration on Monday.
A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, quoted Aregbesola congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion.