BREAKING: Sultan Declares Date for 2024 Eid-el-Fitri in Nigeria

BREAKING: Sultan Declares Date for 2024 Eid-el-Fitri in Nigeria

  • Sa'ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has announced that the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10
  • Abubakar, who doubled as the president-general of the NSCIA, stated that the reason was that the moon was not sighted on Monday
  • The Sultan then urged the Muslims to continue to pray for the peace and progress of Nigeria while wishing them a happy Eid-el-Fitr

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, has announced that the 2024 Eid-el-Fitri will be on Wednesday, April 10.

The Sultan, who doubles as the president general of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), disclosed that the national moon sighting committee could not see the new moon across the country.

Sultan of Sokoto has declared Wednesday the first day of Shawwal 1445AH, the Eid-il-Fitr day
Sultan declares Wednesday as Eid-il-Fitr day. Photo Credit: NSCIA
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Prof Sambo Junaidu, the chairman of the advisory committee on religious affairs of the sultanate council, said the council accepted the report of the moon sighting committee and subsequently declared that Wednesday would be the first day of Shawwal 1445AH. This was disclosed in a statement made available to journalists in Sokoto on Monday, April 8.

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The statement partly read:

"The Sultan felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings."

Happy Eid-el-Fitr - Sultan tells Nigerians

The Sultan then urged the Muslims to continue praying for Nigeria's peace and progress and wished the Muslim Umah a happy Eid-el-Fitr.

This came a few hours after Saudi Arabia announced that the moon had not been sighted and the Eid-el-Fitr celebration would be held on Wednesday, April 10.

Saudi's chief astronomer, Abdullah Al-Khudairi, had earlier said the crescent moon would be difficult to see on Monday because of cloudy conditions in the kingdom. The announcement was made on the 29th day of Ramadan 2024.

Here is the statement:

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Eid-Il-Fitr: FG announces public holiday earlier reported that the federal government had announced a two-day public holiday, Eid-el-Fitr, to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the minister of interior, announced the holidays in a statement by the ministry's permanent secretary.

The announcement was made when the Muslims in Nigeria were unsure of the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr day.


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