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As Nigerian endure an extended lockdown and restriction of movements meant to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 across the nation, the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has announced that this year’s Ramadan fasting will start tomorrow on Friday, April 24, 2020 as new moon has been sighted today.
The Sultan made the announcement on FRCN and NTA network services at his palace in Sokoto.
Sultan however did not disclose the states where the crescent was sighted in Nigeria unlike the previous practice.
BUHARI GREETS MUSLIMS
President Muhammadu Buhari today sent his best wishes to Muslims in the country and all over the world as they begin this year’s 30-day fast, following the sighting of the moon.
“I congratulate all Muslims as they commence this year’s Ramadan fast which is depicted by self-denial, universal brotherhood, austerity and helping relatives and needy people,” says the President.
President Buhari describes Ramadan 2020 as a challenge, falling as it is in the period of the global pandemic, which has spread to more than 200 nations, with virtually all countries advising citizens to avoid large gatherings and have their prayers and meals (suhoor and iftar) individually or with family at home.
“In this Ramadan period, the kind of socializing you are used to now risks spreading the Coronavirus,” the President cautions Muslims, while enjoining them to refrain from those Ramadan rituals and traditions such as group meals and congregational prayers that have been put on hold by Muslim religious authorities all over the world.
President Buhari urges Muslims to endure and not to use the Coronavirus as an excuse not to participate in the Ramadan fast, unless such abstention is warranted by the excuses clearly outlined by health and religious authorities.
He wishes Muslims in the country and the world over all the blessings of the holy month.