Location of Yobe State in Nigeria
|Date created||27 August 1991|
| • Governor |
|Mai Mala Buni (APC)|
|• Deputy Governor||Idi Barde Gubana|
|• Total||45,502 km2 (17,568 sq mi)|
|Area rank||6th of 36|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||32nd of 36|
|• Total||$2.01 billion|
|• Per capita||$843|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-YO|
|HDI (2016)||0.325 · 33rd of 36|
The state borders four states, which are Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, and Jigawa State. It borders the Diffa Region and the Zinder Region to the north of the Republic of Niger. Because the state lies mainly in the dry savanna belt, conditions are hot and dry for most of the year, except in the southern part of the state which has a milder climate.
Yobe State came into being on 27 August 1991. It was carved out of the old Borno State by the Babangida administration. Yobe State was created because the old Borno State was one of Nigeria's largest states in terms of land area and was therefore considered to be too large for easy administration and meaningful development. Ethnic rivalries within the old Borno State also contributed to the decision.
On 14 May 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Yobe State along with neighboring Borno State and Adamawa State, due to the activities of the terrorist network Boko Haram. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, was born in Shekau village of Yobe.
Local government areas
Yobe State consists of 17 local government areas (or LGAs). They are:
While Yobe state is an agricultural state it also has rich fishing grounds and mineral deposits of gypsum in Fune LGA, kaolin, and quartz. The state's agricultural products include gum arabic, groundnuts, beans, and cotton. The state is also said to have one of the largest cattle markets in West Africa, located in Potiskum.
The population is mainly Muslim. Sharia law is valid. However, there are Christians in the State, with the bulk of them from the Karai-Karai ethnic group. No Roman Catholic diocese has its seat in the state.
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