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Zamfara State

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Zamfara (Hausa: Jihar Zamfara; Fula: Leydi Zamfara; Adlam: 𞤤𞤫𞤴𞤣𞤭 𞤶𞤢𞤥𞤬𞤢𞤪𞤢) is a state in northwestern Nigeria. The capital of Zamfara state is Gusau and its current governor is Dauda Lawal. Until 1996, the area was part of Sokoto State.

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جهار زمفر
Zamfara State
Flag of Zamfara State
Seal of Zamfara State
Location of Zamfara State in Nigeria
Location of Zamfara State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 12°10′N 6°15′E
CountryFlag_of_Nigeria.svg Nigeria
Date created1 October 1996
  BodyGovernment of Zamfara State
Dauda Lawal (PDP)
  Deputy GovernorMani Mallam Mummuni (PDP)
  LegislatureZamfara State House of Assembly
  SenatorsC: Vacant
N: Sahabi Alhaji Yaú (APC)
W: Lawal Hassan Anka (APC)
  Total39,762 km2 (15,352 sq mi)
  Rank7th of 36
 (2006 census)
  Rank15th of 36
  Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
  Total$11.18 billion[2]
32nd of 36
  Per capita$2,108[2]
30th of 36
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 codeNG-ZA
HDI (2021)0.416[3]
low · 32nd of 37
A boy in Maru Local Government Area

Zamfara is a densely populated area with the Hausa. The Zamfarawa mainly in Anka, Gummi, Bukkuyum and Talata Mafara Local Governments areas. Gobirawa populated Shinkafi Local Government.[4] Gobirawa actually migrated from the Gobir Kingdom. Burmawa are found in Bakura and Fulani peopled Bungudu, Maradun, Gusau and are scattered all over the State. In Chafe, Bungudu and Maru, most are mainly Katsinawa, Garewatawa and Hadejawa. While, Alibawa people are located at Kaura Namoda and Zurmi, the Alawan Shehu Usmanu Fulani's are found in Birninmagaji.[5]

It is bordered to the north by the Republic of the Niger for 32 km (20 miles), to the south by Kaduna State for 117 km (73 miles) and Niger for 38 km (24 miles), to the east by Katsina State, and to the west by the states of Sokoto and Kebbi. It has a population of 3,278,873 according to the 2006 census and contains fourteen local government areas.

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