|Nickname(s): Home of Hospitality|
Location of Katsina State in Nigeria
|Date created||23 September 1987|
| • Governor
|Aminu Bello Masari (APC)|
|• Total||24,192 km2 (9,341 sq mi)|
|Area rank||17th of 36|
|Population (1991 census)|
|• Estimate (2005)||6,483,429|
|• Rank||5th of 36|
|• Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|• Total||$6.02 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,017|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-KT|
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. In 1987, Katsina State was formed from part of Kaduna State.
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 Areas
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 of Agriculture, Dutsinma; Katsina State University, which was renamed after the late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua University; Yusufu Bala Usman College of Legal, and General Studies, Daura and the School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua(SBRS/ABU Funtua)
Notable people from Katsina State
- Muhammadu Buhari, Military Head of State 1983-1985, Chairman PTF and President of Nigeria since May 29, 2015
- Muhammadu Dikko, Emir of Katsina 1906-1944.
- Ibrahim Coomassie, Inspector General of Police 1993-1999
- Mohammed Bello, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
- Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, politician, major general and Military Vice President 1976-1979
- 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.
- Mohammed Tukur Liman former majority leader of the Nigerian Senate.
- Alhaji (Dr) Mamman Shata a well-known 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
- 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.
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- Two churches destroyed in Bauchi State, Nigeria