Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday declared Tuesday as the first day of Zulhijja, 1436 AH. Consequently, Eid-el-Kabir is to be celebrated in Nigeria on Thursday, September 24, equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, 1436 AH.
This was contained in a statement signed by Sa’idu Maccido on behalf of the Chairman, Sultanate Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Professor Sambo Junaid.
The statement indicated that the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from across the country confirming the sighting of the new Moon of Zulhijja, 1436 AH, on Sunday, September 13, which was the 29th day of Zulki’ida 1436 AH.
‘’His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, has accepted the report and accordingly declared Tuesday, 15th September, 2015 as the first day of Zulhijja,1436 AH,’’ it explained.

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