Daura is a city, emirate, and Local Government Area in Katsina State, northern Nigeria. It is the spiritual home of the Hausa people. The University of California's African American Studies Department refers to Daura, as well as Katsina, as having been "ancient seats of Islamic culture and learning." However, the city also has a Roman Catholic church, St Gabriel's Catholic Church.
The Daura Emirate is referred to as one of the "seven true Hausa states" (Hausa Bakwai) In 1805, during the Fulani War, Daura was taken over by Fulani warrior Malam Ishaku, who set up an emirate. The Hausa set up rival states nearby, and the ruler of one, Malam Musa, was made the new emir of Daura by the British in 1904. Daura's traditional ruler, the Emir of Daura still rules as a ceremonial hereditary monarch, and maintains a palace. Faruk Umar Faruk became the 60th Emir of Daura on 28 Feb 2007 following the death of Sarki Muhammadu Bashar Dan Umaru.
Once part of Kaduna State, Daura became part of the new Katsina State in 1987. In 2003, Lawal Garba, a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, was elected as Daura's representative to the House of Representatives of Nigeria. The federal contituency comprises Daura, Mai'adua and Sandamu. His term expired in 2007. In April 2007 Yusuf Bello of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from Mai'adua, became the representative in the National Assembly. 2011 elections saw the exit of Bello from the National Assembly (through the ballot box)to be replaced with Dr. Umar Katsayal of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Intra party squabbles, characterized by litigations, cut short the tenure of Dr. Katsayal and Salisu Ado was recognized by the courts. He is presently representing the people of Daura, Mai'adua and Sandamu at the lower chamber of the National Assembly. (Dr. Katsayal rushed back to the courts challenging the decision as at today 10th December 2012)
Population and geographic statistics
Daura's population was estimated as 25,151 as of 1972. According to the MARA/ARMA organization, malaria affects Daura for four to six months of the year, and is "endemic and seasonal." In 2005, after an outbreak of measles in Katsina State, Daura became one of five training centers for workers who were to carry out immunization.
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