The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) declared the commencement of Ramadan, saying the crescent for the commencement of the fasting period has been sighted. This followed reports of sighting of the moon from Muslim leaders and organisations. The first day of the holy month of Ramadan is Thursday, March 23, 2023. Sultan Abubakar has urged all Muslims to live in peace with one another irrespective of religion and ethnic backgrounds. President Muhammadu Buhari has sent greetings and best wishes to Muslims as they commence 30 days of Ramadan fasting today.
He urged them to project the best and finest virtues of Islam by personal conduct, and not precept. The Ramadan is characterised by abstention from food and drinks from dawn to dusk, which brings both the rich and poor to share the experience of hunger together, strengthening the bonds between haves and have-nots. President Buhari added that while observing the important occasion in the spiritual life of Muslims, the faithful should share food and drinks with the less fortunate, as Allah will multiply their rewards for good deeds.