The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has seen the moon, signaling the start of Ramadan.
The Sultan declared the start of the Ramadan fast on Tuesday in a live broadcast on Monday.
During Ramadan, he urged Muslims to stick to the COVID-19 protocol to the letter.
The sighting of the new moon determines the start and end of Islamic months.
From dawn to sunset, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and having sex during Ramadan.
Evening prayers are customarily held by large social and religious groups, but due to COVID-19, certain rituals will be restricted for the second year.