Nigerian Muslims to Commence Ramadan Fasting Friday The Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has directed Nigerian Muslims to commence their Ramadan fast on Friday, April 23rd. The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is the President- General of the Council, on Thursday gave the directive while announcing the sighting of the new moon heralding month of Ramadan 1436AH. Mr. Abubakar said with the sighting of the moon, Friday, April 24 is equivalent to Ramadan 1, 1441 AH. The Sultan announced the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan in a broadcast to the Muslim Ummah in Sokoto on Thursday night. Mr. Abubakar said various reports for the sighting of the new moon were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country, which were duly verified and authenticated by the National moon sighting committee. The Sultan implored the Muslim Ummah to devote themselves to worship and offer fervent prayers for the nation to succeed in the fight against deadly epidemic affecting the world Mr. Abubakar also called on Muslim faithful to use the Holy month of Ramadan to re-dedicate themselves to the teachings of Islam and continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious and tribal differences.