Sultan declares Friday October 26 Sallah day

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Nigeria and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar on Wednesday said that Muslim in the country should celebrate Eid-al-Kabir on Friday October 26 2012.

The date, according to the Sultan, was based on report received from the various committees on Moon sighting across the country.

In statement signed by the Chairman Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sambo Wali Junaidu, the Sultan confirmed the birth of new moon from Wednesday October 17, 2012.

The statement reads in part, “The Sultanate council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs at its meeting on Tuesday October16 , 2012 reviewed reports from various Moon sighting Committees across the country, duly confirming the birth of New Moon of Zulhijja 1433 AH with effect from Wednesday, October 17, 2012 which is the 1st day of the Zulhajja, 1433. A. H.

Affirming the validity of the committees report, the statement added that, “Friday October 26 is the tenth day of Zulhajja 1433 A.H which is the Eid-al-Kabir day”.

F.G declares public holiday for the Eid-el-fitr celebrations

The Federal Government has declared Monday August 20th and Tuesday the 21st as public holidays to commemorate the 2012 Eid-el-fitr  Sallah celebrations.

A press statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Ms Nwaobia Daniel, made the announcement.

The Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government  urged Nigerians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Islam which comprises love, tolerance  and peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.

He further urged Nigerians irrespective of their faith or religion to use the occasion for sober reflection and pray for the peace, unity and progress of the nation.