5 July 2016
The Federal Government Tuesday declared Wednesday and Thursday public holidays in celebration of Eid-il-Fitr.
This is against the previous declaration of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, explained the new directive in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday.
The statement read: “The directive by the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, is to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (Tuesday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.”
The sighting of the moon usually signals the end of the month of Ramadan. But since the moon wasn’t sighted on Monday, fasting continued on Tuesday which was earlier thought to be the day for Eid-il-Fitr celebration.
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