The Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.
This was contained in a statement by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday.
Dr. Shuaib Belgore who made it available to the news men quoted Aregbesola and congratulate the Muslim faithful on the occasion.
He also called
“all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land”.
Meanwhile, The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has said the appearance of the next astronomical lunar crescent, which signifies the end of fasting month of Ramadan, is on Wednesday, 12 May 2021.
NASRDA in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Felix Ale, on Monday, said from its calculations, the agency found out that the conjunction of the moon will occur at about 8:00pm on Tuesday 11 May 2021; while the first astronomical lunar crescent will only appear in Nigeria on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at about 8:30am.
Suggestions from the agency however depict that Eidul-Fitr will be undoubtedly celebrated by Nigerian Muslims on Thursday.
This is, however, subject to approval and announcement by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), which is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.