The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has said that the moon (Shawwal) will be seen on Thursday in major cities in Nigeria to signal the end of Ramadan and Eid el-Fitri celebrations.
In a statement by the Head of Media and Corporate Communications of the Agency, Dr Felix Ale, the new moon is expected to be seen across the Nation as follows: In Abuja, appearance of first crescent will be from 6:06pm to 6:36pm, Sunrise – 6:19am, sunset – 6:25pm.
In Maiduguri, appearance of first crescent will be from 5:4pm to 6:12pm, sunrise – 5:57am, sunset 6:02pm.
While the appearance of first crescent in Kano will be 6:01pm to 6:31pm, sunrise 6:15pm, sunset 6:21pm and appearance of first crescent in Katsina, will be 6:05pm – 6:35pm, sunrise – 6:19am, sunset – 6:24pm.
In Lagos, the appearance of first crescent will be observed from 6:24pm to 6:54pm, sunrise – 6:36am and sunset 6:42pm.
Dr. Ale said Muslim faithful across the country are to watch out for the moon and await formal pronouncement from the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in line with the Islamic tradition.