Sultan of Sokoto has directed all Muslims in Nigeria to observe Eid Al-Fitr prayers on Friday following the sighting of the moon in Sokoto, Kano, Borno.
In making the pronouncement, Sultan Abubakar said the new moon of Shawwal was sighted in 10 states of the federation.
The Federal Government has already declared Friday and Monday as public holidays in Nigeria.
Similarly, the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has declared Thursday as the last day of Ramadan 2015 and Friday as the start of the Eid al-Fitr holidays.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Royal Court said a number of adult witnesses in a number of provinces across the kingdom have testified to have seen with the naked the new moon of the month of Shawwal 1436 in the Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Fitr celebration begins after the fasting month of Ramadan ends. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.