- The appearance of the next new moon to mark the end of the Ramadan fast will be on Wednesday, May 12
- The revelation was made on Monday, May 10, by the National Space Research and Development Agency
- This could possibly mean that the Eid Fitri holidays in Nigeria will begin on Thursday, May 13
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According to the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), the end of the fasting month of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, May 12.
The agency in a statement on Monday, May 10, said this is the date when the next astronomical lunar crescent will appear, Daily Trust reports.
NASRDA revealed that the conjunction of the moon will occur around 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 11, while the first lunar crescent will only appear in Nigeria on Wednesday, May 12, by 8:30am, according to a report by Daily Nigerian.
The statement, released by the agency's spokesman, Felix Ale, read:
“The first lunar crescent visibility in states are as follows; Yola in Adamawa State will be the first to witness the first young lunar crescent from about 6:21pm to 6:57pm and followed by Maiduguri in Borno State from 6:23pm to 6:59pm.
“The city of Jalingo in Taraba State will be the next to witness the appearance from 6:26pm to 7:02pm, while Yobe State in the city of Damaturu and Gombe state will experience the appearance of the Lunar crescent from about 6:28pm to 7:04pm, and 6:29pm to 7:05pm respectively."
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) had told Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Tuesday, May 11.
The deputy secretary-general of NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement issued via Facebook on Saturday, May 8.
He disclosed that the announcement was made based on the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC).