"In the name of the Ulema sector and by the authority vested upon me as NCR Mufti, I hereby declare that we didn't see the moon today therefore tomorrow is not the first day of Ramadan, it will begin on Thursday, 17th of May 2018", National Capital Region Mufti Aleem Naquib Taher said during a moon-sighting event on Tuesday evening. Muslim devotees are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said.
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan.
It is observed by Muslims across the world as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to the Islamic belief.
The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organizations across the country.
"In accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah are to commence fasting on Thursday accordingly".
In a message signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Adedayo Adeneye, he urged them to concecrate their spirit, soul and body, in total submission to Allah.
In the same vein, Fayemi congratulated Muslims in Ekiti State and Nigeria in general as they commence another season of Ramadan. It is important to use the opportunity of the fasting to pray and seek the face of Allah for peace and progress of our dear country.
The Ramadan fast, in which food and even a sip of water is prohibited, is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.
Barde in a statement by his media office, urged the Muslim faithful to also pray for the security and unity of the country. "By doing this, Allah, in his faithfulness, will accept our sacrifices and answer our prayers", he added.