The Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III announced that Friday was the last day of Shaban Hijri 1438, and Saturday, May 27, is the first day of Ramadan 2017.
The Sultan that announced that the moon has been sighted in many states in the country, made the announcement on NTA News hour after due verification of the sources of the information.
In the Ramadan Press Release signed by Ustaz Christian Isa Okonkwo, Director of Administration, NSCIA “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that, there was positive sighting of the crescent of Ramadan, 1438AH on the 29th of Sha’ban, 1438AH, equivalent to 26th May, 2017. Therefore, Friday, 26th May, 2017 is the last day of Sha’ban, 1438AH.
“In line with the above, His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, has approved Saturday, 27th May, 2017 as the 1st day of Ramadan, 1438AH.
“The Council hereby enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and unity among all the citizens of the country.”
BarometerNG recalled that Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has earlier declared that the fast for Ramadan 2017 will commenced on Saturday in anticipation of the announcement by the Sultan as he reportedly maintained that moon was sighted in many parts of the country.