|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 renowned in educational history of Nigeria both formal and informal. Currently it has Federal College of Education, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic and state university; which is named after late President and son of the state, Umaru Musa Yar'adua University
Notable People from Katsina State
- Muhammadu Buhari, Military Head of State 1983-1985, Chairman PTF and current 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; brother of Shehu
- Musa Yar'Adua, Federal Minister of Nigeria and later of Lagos Affairs in the First Republic; father of Shehu and Umaru
- 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 among the Hausa people of West and North-east Africa.
- 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 Faruk Abdulmutallab, sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States of America for attempting to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, 2009.
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- Two churches destroyed in Bauchi State, Nigeria