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Eid-el-Fitri: Is-haq Oloyede Urges Muslim Faithful to Heed Sultan’s Directive

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By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin

In preparation for 1437 AH ‘Idul-Fitri celebration, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has urged Muslims all over the country to be on the look-out for the moon based on the directive of President-General of the body, His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubarkar, ,on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

The Secretary-General, NSCIA, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, made this appeal during Iftar (breaking of fast) at his residence in Ilorin on Saturday. 

“Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the look-out for the directive of his Eminence, the President-General on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast,” he said

Oloyede said the NMSC had advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Monday, July 4, 2016 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, adding that if crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Monday night and his Eminence is advised by experts to declare Tuesday July 5, 2016 as the first day of Shawal (‘Id day) and if crescent is not on Monday night, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 automatically becomes the first Shawwal 1437AH (‘Id day).

The immediate-past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin enjoined Muslims to observe six days between the 2nd and end of Shawwal as soon as the NMSC confirmed the sighting of crescent.

The Secretary-General NSCIA urged Muslims ensure the delivery of Zakatul-Fitri so as to uplift the heart of the indigent members of the community and guide against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.

The Islamic professor however urged Muslims faithful to continually reflect on the lessons gained in the course of the Holy month, calling for prayers for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.    

Speaking on the recent call for implementation of 2015 Confab report, Oloyede said it did not come to him as a surprise that the present government said the report is an archival material.

Oloyede, one of the delegates from Kwara State to the conference, said the confab was absolute unnecessary but the then government wanted some people in Abuja to plan the election, noting, however, that some good decisions came out the confab.

“We want to do right things in a wrong way, people are talking about reorganizing things, there are so many things in the current system that are wrong, I will say its time for people to call for the restructuring of the system.

“It was absolutely unnecessary, the then government wanted some people in Abuja to plan the election. But having come together does not mean there was no good decision taken, there was no adequate recognition for them. To say it’s for the archives is even good, I thought they would say it would be for the dustbin”.

Oloyede, however, called for the restructuring of the federation for proper representation. 

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