Katsina State

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Katsina State
State
Nickname(s): Home of Hospitality
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 12°15′N 7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500Coordinates: 12°15′N 7°30′E / 12.250°N 7.500°E / 12.250; 7.500
Country  Nigeria
Date created 23 September 1987
Capital Katsina
Government
 • Governor
(List)
Ibrahim Shema (PDP)
Area
 • Total 24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)
Area rank 17th of 36
Population (1991 census)
 • Total 3,878,344
 • Estimate (2005) 6,483,429
 • Rank 5th of 36
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $6.02 billion[1]
 • Per capita $1,017[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-KT

Katsina State is a state in northern Nigeria. Its capital is Katsina, and its Governor is Ibrahim Shema, a member of the People's Democratic Party. In 1987, Katsina State was formed from part of Kaduna State.

Demographics[edit]

The Hausa people (sometimes grouped with the Fulani as Hausa-Fulani) are the largest ethnic group.[2]

Religion[edit]

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.[3] The Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church are fairly present in the state.[4][5]

Local Government Areas[edit]

Of Nigeria's 774 Local Government Areas, 34 are in Katsina State. They are:

Notable People from Katsina State[edit]

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