Muslims defy Sultan, observe eid prayers in Bauchi

Some Muslim faithful in Bauchi on Wednesday defied the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar that eid prayers be observed on Thursday.

Rather, many of them trooped out on Wednesday in Bauchi under the Tijjaniyya sect to observe their prayers signifying the end of Ramadan month.

Led by the much respected cleric, Alhaji Dahiru Bauchi, they thronged the central eid praying grounds at the state capital not minding the directive from the Sultan who is the head of all Muslims in Nigeria.

Abubakar had in a statement on Tuesday evening after the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs of Sultanate Council in Sokoto stated that the new moon has not been sighted hence faithful should continue fasting on Wednesday.

The revered leader had relied on the report of the National Moonsighting Committee of the Naigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to make the pronouncement.

He (the Sultan) has stated the Ramadan fast would reach 30 this year as against preparations earlier made by Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri on Tuesday in Nigeria

The Sultan, therefore declared Thursday, May 13 as the first day of Shawwal 1442AH and the beginning of the Eid-el-Fitri celebration in the country.

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