Muslims in Nigeria have joined their counterparts across the world to observe the yearly Ramadan fasting.

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto had early declared Thursday as the first day for the beginning of the Ramadan fasting in the country.

Abubakar announced the sighting of the new moon in Sokoto on Wednesday in a broadcast.

He said the new moon was sighted in various places across the country that includeed Sokoto, Niger, Yobe, Port Harcourt, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and other areas.

The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organizations across the country.

“Upon due verification and authentication by the national moon sighting committee and states committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifies the end of Sha’aban 1439 AH.

”In accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah are to commence fasting on Thursday accordingly.”