The crescent moon heralding the Islamic month of Ramadan has been sighted in several states, an official has disclosed.
The secretary-general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed that the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, who heads the council, will formally make the announcement later tonight.
The sighting of the moon indicates the commencement of Ramadan for Muslims globally.
During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to fast from sunrise to sunset by abstaining from food and drinks, as well as forbidden acts.
In Nigeria, the Sultan as the head of the NSCIA formally announces the sighting of the moon and the commencement of the Islamic holy month.