- FG extends Sallah holiday
Federal Government has declared today and tomorrow public holidays to mark the Eid-il-fitr celebration.
The announcement was contained in a statement released by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in Abuja.
The minister in the statement said the declaration of Wednesday and Thursday “follows the directive by the president general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (yesterday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.”
The federal government had earlier declared Tuesday (5th) and Wednesday (6th) as public holidays to mark the completion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan fasting period.
The statement signed by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Bassey Akpanyung, read: “In making the declaration on behalf of the federal government, the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence while giving full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.
“The Honourable Minister wishes Nigerians a peaceful celebration.”
Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Fitri today
Nigerian Muslims will today join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri festival to mark the end of month-long Ramadan fast by the faithful.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared today, July 6, as Eid-el-Fitr celebration day in the country.
This is even as the federal government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the end of Ramadan fast as against Tuesday and Wednesday earlier announced.
The Sultan, who made the announcement, said though the new moon of Shawwal had not been sighted anywhere in the country, Muslims should prepare for the celebration.
He had enjoined Nigerian Muslims to fast on Tuesday and observe the eid prayers on Wednesday, when the new crescent could not be sighted anywhere across the country.
Secretary-general of the council, Professor Is-haq Oloyede had on Sunday urged every Muslim in the country to look for the new moon for the Eid-el-Fitri.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja said public holiday for the festival now holds today and tomorrow.
This, he explained in a statement signed by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Bassey Akpanyung, followed “the directive by the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (Tuesday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.”
Similarly, the Gulf Arab countries have announced that the Eid-el-Fitr festival, which marks the end of holy month of Ramadan, would be celebrated today, July 6.
The official news agencies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait quoted religious authorities as saying yesterday that the annual feast would begin on Wednesday after failing to sight the moon that marks the start of the three-day festival.
Yemen, Indonesia and the Philippines are also among the countries which announced Wednesday as the first day of Eid.