The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Saad III, has announced the sighting of Ramadan crescent on Thursday.
Muslims are expected to start fasting from Friday, 24th April.
MichikaTV also reports:
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum directed that payments be made to enable Muslims to make early preparations for the Ramadan fast.
The fasting period is expected to start next week.
Spokesman to the Borno State Governor, Malam Isa Gusau said, the early payment was to enable Muslim faithful to prepare for the coming Ramadan and also to cushion the effects of lockdown in the state.
He said, the approval falls in line with Governor Zulum’s position that the release of salaries does not amount to government achievement but a settlement of a debt owed workers who have, based on contract, given their human resources and time to the government.
The spokesman recalled that the Governor had in December 2019, released salaries and pensions by 16th of the month to enable Christians to prepare early for the Christmas festival.
“Although Governor Zulum normally pays salaries and pensions on 26th of every month, he gives early approvals ahead of special occasions, especially religious festivities”.
“The Governor wishes Muslims a peaceful and rewarding Ramadan fast while urging all citizens in Borno state to continue to observe safe distancing and regular hand washing amongst other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19”.