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.
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
|Date created||23 September 1987|
| • Governor |
|Aminu Bello Masari (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Mannir Yakubu|
|• Total||24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)|
|Area rank||17th of 36|
|• Rank||5th of 36|
|• Total||$6.02 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,017|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-KT|
|HDI (2016)||0.303 · 35th of 36|
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. The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state.
Local Government AreasEdit
Katsina State consists of thirty-four (34) Local Government Areas. They are:
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.
Notable people from Katsina StateEdit
- Mohammed Bello, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
- Muhammadu Buhari, Military Head of State 1983–1985, Chairman PTF and President of Nigeria since May 29, 2015
- Ibrahim Coomassie, Inspector General of Police 1993–1999
- Ummarun Dallaje was the 39th Islamic Leader of Katsina, the first Fulani emir, as well as the patriarch of the Dallazawa dynasty.
- Muhammadu Dikko, Emir of Katsina 1906–1944.
- Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, politician, major general and Military Vice President 1976–1979
- Faruk Umar Faruk CON, Current and 60th Emir of Daura
- Sani Ahmed Daura, Lagos State commissioner of police 1990, and first Governor of Yobe State 1991–1992
- Sheikh Ja'afar Mahmud Adam, Salafist Islamic scholar aligned with the Izala Society
- Lawal Musa Daura, Director General of the Nigerian State Security Service
- Habu Daura, Commissioner of Police and he was the acting Administrator of Bayelsa State, from February to June 1997
- Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Governor of the State 1999–2007, and President of Nigeria 2007–2010
- Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, Pan-Africanist, Oxford Rhodes Scholar and Former Deputy Director of United Nations Millennium Campaign for Africa 1961–2009
- Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad, former head of the Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization
- Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, Emir of Katsina
- Isa Kaita, first northern Nigeria minister of education and speaker of the house of parliament
- Hassan Usman Katsina, Military governor of the northern region 1966–1967.
- Sani Zangon Daura, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development 1999–2000, Federal Minister of Environment 2000 – 2001
- Mohammed Tukur Liman former majority leader of the Nigerian Senate.
- Mamman Shata, a Hausa griot/musician.
- Aminu Bello Masari former speaker house of representatives 2003 to 2007 and current Governor of the State
- Mahmud Kanti Bello, Former Chief Whip of the Senate
- Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu Inspector General of Police from 1975 to 1979
- Abba Musa Rimi, Governor of Kaduna State 1980–1983
- Ibrahim Shema, Governor of Katsina State 2007–2015
- Lawal Kaita, Governor of Kaduna State 1983
- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States for attempting to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, 2009.
- Justice Saddik Abdullahi Mahuta, former Chief Judge of Katsina State from 1991 to 2013 and the 11th Galadiman Katsina, District Head of Malumfashi.
- Magaji Mohammed, former Minister of Internal affairs, former Minister of industries and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Umaru Mutallab, business and banking veteran and also a former Minister of economic development.
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