Katsina State

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Katsina State
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Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 12°15′N7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500 Coordinates: 12°15′N7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500
Country Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Date created 23 September 1987
Capital Katsina
Aminu Bello Masari (APC)
  Deputy GovernorMannir Yakubu
  Total24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)
Area rank 17th of 36
 (2006 census)
  Total5,801,584 [1]
  Rank 5th of 36
  Total$6.02 billion [2]
  Per capita$1,017 [2]
Time zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 code NG-KT
HDI (2016)0.303 [3] · 35th of 36
Website Official website

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria. Its capital is Katsina, and its Governor is Aminu Bello Masari, a member of the All Progressives Congress. Katsina State was carved out of old Kaduna State in 1987.

Katsina Place in Katsina State, Nigeria

Katsina is a city and a Local Government Area in northern Nigeria and is the capital of Katsina State. Katsina is located some 260 kilometres (160 mi) east of the city of Sokoto and 135 kilometres (84 mi) northwest of Kano, close to the border with Niger. In 2016, Katsina's estimated population was 429,000. The city is the centre of an agricultural region producing groundnuts, cotton, hides, millet and guinea corn and also has mills for producing peanut oil and steel. The city is largely Muslim, and the population of the city is mainly from the Fulani and Hausa ethnic groups.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.

Aminu Bello Masari Nigerian politician

Aminu Bello Masari is a Nigerian politician and current Governor of Katsina State. He was the speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007. Masari hails from Katsina State.



The Hausa people (sometimes grouped with the Fulani as Hausa-Fulani) are the largest ethnic group. [4]

Hausa people Nationality and Ethnic Group in West Africa

The Hausa are the largest ethnic group in Africa and the second largest language after Arabic in the Afroasiatic family of languages. The Hausa are a diverse but culturally homogeneous people based primarily in the Sahelian and the sparse savanna areas of southern Niger and northern Nigeria respectively, numbering over 70 million people with significant indegenized populations in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Chad, Togo, Ghana, Sudan, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Senegal and the Gambia.

Fula people A large ethnic group in Sahel and West Africa

The Fula,Fulani or Fulɓe people are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Sahel and West Africa, widely dispersed across the region. Inhabiting many countries, they live mainly in West Africa and northern parts of Central Africa but also in South Sudan, Sudan, and regions near the Red Sea coast. There are an estimated 150 million people of Fulani descent in West Africa in total.


The state is predominantly Muslim, and Gobarau Minaret is an important building. Sharia is valid in the entire state. The Church of Nigeria has a Diocese of Katsina. [5] The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state. [6] [7]

Gobarau Minaret

The Gobarau Minaret is a 15-metre (50 ft) minaret located in the center of the city of Katsina, Northern Nigeria. As an early example of Muslim architecture in a city known as a theological center, the tower has become a symbol of the city.

Sharia, Islamic law or Sharia law is a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith. In Arabic, the term sharīʿah refers to God's immutable divine law and is contrasted with fiqh, which refers to its human scholarly interpretations. The manner of its application in modern times has been a subject of dispute between Muslim fundamentalists and modernists.

Church of Nigeria

The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England. It gives its current membership as "over 18 million", out of a total Nigerian population of 190 million. Other statistics reveal that the Church of Nigeria has 2 million active attendees on a Sunday.

Local Government Areas

Katsina State consists of thirty-four (34) Local Government Areas. They are:

Local government areas of Nigeria administrative subdivision in Nigeria, above ward and below state

Nigeria has 774 local government areas (L.G.As). Each local government area is administered by a Local Government Council consisting of a chairman who is the Chief Executive of the LGA, and other elected members who are referred to as Councillors. Each of the areas is further subdivided into wards with a minimum of ten and a maximum of fifteen for each area.

Bakori LGA and town in Katsina State, Nigeria

Bakori is a local government area in Katsina State, Nigeria. It was created on 15 May 1989 by the then military governor of Katsina State Major General Lawrence Onoja

Batagarawa LGA and town in Katsina State, Nigeria

Batagarawa is a Local Government Area in Katsina State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Batagarawa.

Batsari LGA and town in Katsina State, Nigeria

Batsari is a Local Government Area in Katsina State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Batsari.


Katsina State is a centre of both formal and informal education. Currently it has Federal College of Education, Katsina; Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina; Federal University Dutsin-Ma; Katsina State University, which was renamed after the late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua University; AlQalam University Katsina; Yusufu Bala Usman College of Legal, and General Studies, Daura and the School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua (SBRS/ABU Funtua) and Isa Kaita College of Education Dutsin-Ma, located at Dutsin-ma town.

Umaru Musa Yaradua University

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University (UMYU), formerly Katsina State University, was established by the Katsina State Government in 2006, to "serve as a nucleus for socio-economic, technological and political development of the State by producing highly skilled human resource through conventional face-to-face and distance learning modes." Umaru Musa Yar'adua, then the executive governor of Katsina State and later the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, began the work of creating the university before his death in 2010.

Daura LGA and Town in Katsina, Nigeria

Daura is a town and Local Government Area in Katsina State, northern Nigeria. It is the spiritual home of the Hausa people. The emirate is referred to as one of the "seven true Hausa states" because it was,, ruled by the descendants of Bayajidda's sons with Daurama and Magira . The University of California's African American Studies Department refers to Daura, as well as Katsina, as having been "ancient seats of Islamic culture and learning."

Notable people from Katsina State

The Emir of Katsina, Muhammad Dikko dan Gidado, and other officials, 1911 The Emir of Katsena, Magagin on his right and district headmen, police in the background.png
The Emir of Katsina, Muhammad Dikko dan Gidado, and other officials, 1911

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