Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has declared   Monday June 6 as the first day of Ramadan following the sighting of the new moon in numerous places.

He said the moon was sighted in many places across the country and as such Muslims are expected to commence a month-long fasting  as recommended by the Almighty Allah in the Holy Quran.

“I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today June 5, 2016 marked the end of Shaaban and therefore Monday June 6, 2016 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1437 AH,” he stated.

The Sultan added:“Reliable reports from Muslim leaders across the country show that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted in various parts of the country. I urge you all to use the opportunity to offer prayers for peace and development of this country.”

He urged Muslims to use the period to  pray for the success of the leadership of the country as well as peace and stability.

He urged them to maintain a harmonious relationship with one another irrespective of religion and tribal difference

Daily Trust