The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, has disclosed that Thursday could be declared as the first day of Shawwal (Eid day) if the crescent (moon) is not sighted today.
In a statement issued by the NSCIA Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, the Sultan advised Muslim faithful to look out for the crescent today, Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
The sultan, however, noted that if the moon is sighted today, tomorrow could be declared as the first day of Shawwal (which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting period and ushers in the Eid-ul-fitri celebrations), according to The PUNCH.
"If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Tuesday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would address the press to declare Wednesday, May 12, as the first day of Shawwal (Eid day).
"If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Tuesday night, Thursday, May 13, automatically becomes the first of Shawwal, 1442 AH (Eid day)," he said.
Recall WUZUPNIGERIA reported that the Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgorethe Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, called on "all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year's Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land".
Aregbesola, who said that he believed that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere, urged all "Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness, and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him)".
The minister also called on all security agencies in the country to "be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria".