Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has declared Monday, September 2, as public holiday, to mark mark the beginning of Islamic New Year, Hijrah 1441.
In a statement issued by Abubakar Shekara, permanent secretary with the state government, said on Sunday, that the holiday is to allow Muslims in the state celebrate the start of the new year.
Tambuwal enjoined the people of the state to use the opportunity to pray for peace and security of the state, as well as in Nigeria as a whole.
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Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, had declared Saturday as the first day of Muharamm, the first Islamic lunar month 1441.
The Islamic calendar is counted after the Hijrah of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madina.