The Muslim Ummah of South-west Nigeria (MUSWEN) on Sunday night asked Muslims across the South western part of Nigeria to wait for an authoritative official announcement by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, before commencing this year’s Ramadan fast.
MUSWEN gave the appeal in a statement issued in Ibadan by its Executive Secretary, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya to clear the air on an alleged speculations making the rounds about the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast.
Prof Yahaya in the statement emphasized that there was no basis for any speculation about the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast, saying, “the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah is already blessed with a very competent leader in the person of His Eminence, Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto, who, by his venerable position as the President General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), is the only undisputable leader with the statutory authority to make official announcement on when to start or end Ramadan fast in Nigeria.”
The MUSWEN Executive Secretary said, “his Eminence is very much aware that sighting the relevant crescent as a condition for commencing or ending Ramadan fast has a due process which he has never ignored in favour of personal whim.”
Prof Yahaya maintained that “NSCIA is the apex body of the entire Nigerian Muslims while MUSWEN is the umbrella body for the Southwest Muslims,” and that Muslims in the six states of the Southwest region should avoid any distraction that may negatively tamper with the serenity already delightfully ventilated by the unity of the Ummah in the country.
Tasking Muslim Ummah in the South west states on the need to “be grateful to Allah for sparing their lives, despite the global lockdown situation imposed on them by an expediency of the moment, the MUSWEN Executive Secretary declared that ” the Ummah had transcended an era of unnecessary tangle over moon sighting at the commencement or completion of Ramadan fast in Nigeria.”
The MUSWEN scribe implored Southwest Muslims to “resolutely uphold the protocol of the existing Muslim unity in Nigeria and seize the opportunity of the incoming blessed month of Ramadan to pray, as a unified body, to the Almighty Allah, for safety, peace and mercy.”