There was no sighting of a new crescent moon in Nigeria, hence, fasting continues today according to the office of the Sultan of Sokoto.
This was disclosed on the Twitter stament released from the office of Sultan of Sokoto on Friday evening.
This means that the Eid-ul-Fitri is Sunday, after the Ramadan fast would have reached 30 days.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, is the head of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the leader of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI).
The JNI had advised Nigerian Muslims to observe their ‘Eid’ prayers at home with their families or alone if there is no one to pray as directed by the government and in line with the social distancing directive of health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Muslims usually observe the Eid-ul-Fitri prayer to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, where prayers are often held in open worship grounds by thousands of Muslims in each community.
“Eid-ul-Fitr congregations in the outskirts of towns and cities should be temporarily suspended.”
“The said ‘Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer be observed at home with family members or alone in case there isn’t anyone with him or her, at home,” the JNI said in a statement by JNI Secretary General, Khalid Aliyu.
Some state governments have, however, approved religious gatherings in view of the ‘eid prayers; the JNI however urged worshippers in those states to take caution by observing preventive measures by wearing nose masks, hand washing and use of hand sanitizers.
“However, in states where Governments have reached concrete decisions to observe the ‘Eid-el-Fitr prayer, based on their medical experts advice, strictest measures of distancing, face masks and sanitizers be taken to protect worshipers,” Mr Aliyu stated.