Renowned Islamic scholar and leader of the Islamic Sufi group, known as the Tijaniyyah, Sheik Dahiru Usman Bauchi, on Wednesday, May 13, in defiance of the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, conducted Eid prayers.
The prayers negate the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto, spiritual head of Muslims in Nigeria, that Muslims in the country continue fasting on Wednesday.
Sa'ad had declared Thursday, May 13, 2021, as the day of Salat and the first day of Shawwal.
However, Eid prayers held at the Bauchi residence of Sheik Bauchi on Wednesday.
According to a report by Daily Trust one of the cleric's children, Tijjani Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi led the congregation with the cleric in attendance.
Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh AbdulGaniyu Abubakry Agbotomokekere also performed Eid prayers at the Ibadan Central Eid praying ground, Agodi on Wednesday.
It was attended by Oyo State deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.