Nigeria Muslims pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends

Muslims in Nigeria celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday at the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

As at the start of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, Eid-al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies in different countries.

Worshippers gathered in Lagos to pray for peace and unity.

It comes amid rising tensions between different ethnic groups in parts of Nigeria, that hark back to the country’s Biafra civil war.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of 180 million inhabitants, combines a predominantly Christian south and mainly Sunni Muslim north.