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History of Katsina State, Former Governors from 1987 Till Date

Last updated on November 18th, 2021 at 12:17 pm


The state is usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina – which is her capital. The State was carved out of old Kaduna State and currently has a population that is above 6 million inhabitants.

Quick fact about Katsina State

Date of creation: 23rd of September 1987

Geopolitical zone: North-West zone


Slogan: Home of Hospitality

Aminu Bello Masari is the current governor of the State, a member of the All Progressives Congress, alongside his deputy Mannir Yakubu.


Although there are various ethnic groups in Katsina State, the Hausa people are the predominant group in the State.


Many of the inhabitants of Katsina are muslims, but there are also a reasonable number of Christians living in the State too. For instance, the Church of Nigeria has a Diocese of Katsina. Other Pentecostal churches such as The Redeemed Christian Church of God can also be found there.

Local Government Areas in Katsina State

There are 34 Local Government Areas in Katsina State, and they are:

  1. Bakori
  2. Batagarawa
  3. Batsari
  4. Baure
  5. Bindawa
  6. Charanchi
  7. Dan Musa
  8. Dandume
  9. Danja
  10. Daura
  11. Dutsi
  12. Dutsin-Ma
  13. Faskari
  14. Funtua
  15. Ingawa
  16. Jibia
  17. Kafur
  18. Kaita
  19. Kankara
  20. Kankia
  21. Katsina
  22. Kurfi
  23. Kusada
  24. Mai’Adua
  25. Malumfashi
  26. Mani
  27. Mashi
  28. Matazu
  29. Musawa
  30. Rimi
  31. Sabuwa
  32. Safana
  33. Sandamu
  34. Zango


There are various educational institutions in Katsina State, some of them are:

  • Federal College of Education, Katsina
  • Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina
  • Federal University of Agriculture, 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.
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Notable People From Katsina State

Katsina had produced some popular individuals, including:

  • Mohammed Bello. A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Muhammadu Buhari. A Military Head of State 1983–1985, Chairman PTF and President of Nigeria since May 29, 2015
  • Ibrahim Coomassie. An Inspector General of Police 1993–1999
  • Ummarun Dallaje. 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. A politician, major general and Military Vice President 1976–1979
  • Sani Ahmed Daura. A Lagos State commissioner of police 1990, and first Governor of Yobe State 1991–1992
  • Lawal Musa Daura. The Director-General of the Nigerian State Security Service
  • Habu Daura. A Commissioner of Police and he was the acting Administrator of Bayelsa State, from February to June 1997
  • Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. The 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. A former head of the Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization
  • Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman. Emir of Katsina
  • Isa Kaita. The first northern Nigeria minister of education and speaker of the house of parliament
  • Hassan Usman Katsina. A Military governor of the northern region 1966–1967.
  • Sani Zangon Daura. The Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development 1999–2000, Federal Minister of Environment 2000 – 2001
  • Mohammed Tukur Liman. A former majority leader of the Nigerian Senate.
  • Mamman Shata. A popular Hausa griot/musician
  • Aminu Bello Masari. A former speaker house of representatives 2003 to 2007 and current Governor of the State
  • Mahmud Kanti Bello. A Former Chief Whip of the Senate
  • Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu. An Inspector General of Police from 1975 to 1979
  • Abba Musa Rimi. The Governor of Kaduna State 1980–1983
  • Ibrahim Shema. The Governor of Katsina State 2007–2015
  • Lawal Kaita. The Governor of Kaduna State 1983
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Governors of Katsina State from 1987 Till Date

Governor Years in Office Political Platform
Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar 1987 to July 1988 Mukhtar was the first military administrator of Katsina upon creation in 1987 by Ibrahim Babangida
Lawrence Onoja July 1988 to December 1989 Military administrator
John Madaki December 1989 to January 1992 Military administrator
Saidu Barda January 1992 to November 1993 Saidu Barda was the first civilian governor of Katsina in the aborted third republic
Emmanuel Acholonu December 1993 to August 1996 Military administrator
Samaila Bature Chamah August 1996 to August 1998 Military administrator
Joseph Akaagerger  August 1998 to May 29, 1999 Military administrator
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007 Second civilian governor of Katsina, he later became Nigeria’s president. He was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) till his death in May 2010
Ibrahim Shema May 29, 2007 to May 29,  2015 PDP
Aminu Bello Masari 29 May 2015 till date Masari was a former speaker of House of Representatives. He first won election as Katsina governor under the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), now defunct. And in 2019 he contested under All Progressive Change (APC) and won again a second term





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