Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has reportedly declared April 2, the first day of Ramadan.
According to reports, he made the declaration following the sighting of the Ramadan crescent moon from multiple locations in Nigeria on Friday evening.
Disclosing this in a live broadcast on Friday evening, the Sultan stated that, ‘Ramadan fast would commence on Saturday in accordance with Sharia. The new moon had been sighted in Sokoto, Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, and Plateau states.’
The Sultan reportedly enjoined Muslims ‘to be more prayerful unto Allah, to help the nation, the world in general and the leaders in particular to overcome the current challenges.’