Brief History of the State
According to history, it was said that over the years, the Zamfara people have fought for autonomy- a chance to govern and manage their affairs and people, but it wasn’t until 1996 that the 38,418 square kilometres of Zamfara State were separated from Sokoto State by the then military regime of the late General Sani Abacha, under which Jibril Yakubu served as the first governor.
The capital city of Zamfara is Gusau, and its inhabitants are mainly Hausa and Fulani, with a population of over 5,833,494 Its borders are Katsina State to the east, the Republic of Niger to the north, Kaduna State to the south, and the states of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Niger to the west.
Other inhabitants of Zamfara State include Gwari, Kamuku, Kambari, Dukawa, Bussawa, and Zabarma, as well as the Igbo, Yoruba, Kanuri, Nupe, and Tiv ethnic groups.
Just like in every other state in the northern parts of the country, Islam is the major religion of the Zamfara people. However, Christianity also exists, but there are not many Christians in the state. There are also some people who practice the native religion of their ancestors.
Meanwhile, history has it that Zamfara was the first state in Nigeria to introduce Sharia law during the tenure of Ahmad Sani Yerima, the former Governor of the state.