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Ramadan fast continues amid widespread criticism

06 July 2016, 08:15

Abuja - Officials have extended Ramadan to Thursday due to the non-sighting of the new moon, Naij reports.

Muslims have been urged to continue the Eid prayers on Wednesday following a claim made by Sokoto Sultan Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, stating that the new moon had not been sighted as of Monday night.

The Ramadan moon sighting had previously been extended to 12 midnight on Wednesday, to allow deeper scrutiny of the crescent sighting.

With both Tuesday and Wednesday having been declared holidays across the country, the festive period has now been extended to Thursday, with many Nigerians kicking back at the announcement.

Also read: Police identify four areas of attack during Sallah

According to the President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Tony Ejinkeonye, the announcement could signal loss of income to both the public and private sectors.

While claiming that he is not against the declaration of a public holiday, Ejinkeonye has claimed that three days of rest would affect productivity negatively and contribute to the already ailing economy.

While offering his commentary on the matter, National Publicity Secretary for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, claimed that the declaration showed that the country is not serious about nation building, claiming that many Nigerians won't go back to work until Monday.

“We cannot afford such indolent disposition if this were an economy based on productivity. But because all we need to do is to hold the calculator and multiply the price of crude in the international market and multiply with the number of barrels of crude we are able to extract from the Niger Delta, we can be living irresponsibly,” he said, according to Punch.

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