Ramadan will start on Friday this was made known by Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA),
He made the declaration late Thursday, confirming that the new moon had been sighted.
Meanwhile across the globe Ramadan will begin Thursday 23 April and End Saturday 23 May 2020
The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan also starts on Friday in Saudi Arabia and most Arab countries.
Other Arab countries who have also announced that Ramadan will start on Friday include Kuwait, Qatar, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority.
During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset.
Though Muslims also mark the month by performing special evening prayers, known as the taraweeh, the lockdown imposed in many countries amid the novel coronavirus pandemic would not make that possible.
Many countries, including the Sultan of Sokoto, had asked the faithful to pray in their homes.