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Sultan of Sokoto Announces Monday, September 12 as Eid-el-Kabir Day



Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, September 12 as the Eid el-Kabir Day, 1437 AH.

This followed the declaration of Saturday, September 3 as the 1st of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.

This is contained in a statement signed by Professor Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto.

“The committee in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee had received reports from various Moon sighting committees across the country.

The reports confirmed the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijja, 1437 AH, on Friday, September 2, 2016, which was the 29th day of Zulka’ada, 1437 AH.

The Sultan and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), accepted the reports and accordingly declared Saturday, Sept. 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.

Therefore, Monday, Sept.12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir,” it added.

The statement further quoted the Sultan as felicitating with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance, as well as blessings.

The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country.

He also wished all Muslims happy Eid el-Kabir, and prayed Allah (SWT) to accept our religious deeds.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Chic

    September 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    FG will add Tuesday abi … #shinesTeeth

  2. Tolulope

    September 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Hope uncle moon will not dissapear again this time around o

  3. Moniker

    September 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    FG, please be sure o. Let the moon not embarrass us again. Sultan, no fall una hand join

  4. molarah

    September 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    But BellaNaija, you know this is not an official declaration of a public holiday: such announcements come directly from FG and not the office of the Sultan. Except you are trying to tell us Nigeria is now an Islamic republic…

    • Sigh...

      September 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Please read again, this doesn’t say anything about public holiday. It’s simply the Sultan saying when Muslim faithfuls will celebrate the Sallah, which has always been his duty. Public holidays are a different matter.


    September 3, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I was about to ask oh! Thought it was 2days though? Make them no take this hols play oh!

  6. Moniker

    September 4, 2016 at 5:48 am

    BN, if you guys like, make una no post my comment. Na part of why we de ki awasef. I didn’t use a derogatory or religious insensitive words. Yet una no gree post my comment. That is fvcked right

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