BREAKING: Sultan Of Sokoto Confirms Eid-el-Fitr To Hold On  Monday

By Damilare Adeleye

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abukakar III, has announced that the Muslim Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, will hold on Monday in Nigeria.

The National Moonsighting Committee in Nigeria disclosed this via its Twitter handle, @moonsightingng, today.

The tweet reads: “His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has declared Monday 2nd May as the first day of Shawwal.

"No positive sighting claims were received from members of the National moonsighting committee and other Emirates. The Sultanate will release an official statement shortly.”

Similarly, Saudi Arabia announced that Eid-el-Fitr will begin on Monday in the country.

A statement by the official Saudi Press Agency stated that: “Monday… is the first day of the blessed Eid al-Fitr for this year,” with Sunday the last day of Ramadan.

Nigeria, including some Gulf states like the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain did not sight the moon, it was learnt æ.

In accordance with Islamic calendar, the timing of Eid is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon.

Meanwhile, the federal government has declared Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays.