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Is Abuja a northern state?

According to some people in this website, they claim Abuja is a northern state but Abuja is in the center of Nigeria.

Meaning it really doesn't belong to neither regions(South or North) so why do nigerians call it a Northern state?

Did we classify it as one? I just want to know.

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The question is: Is Abuja a northern state?

The answer is yes if we divide Nigeria into North and South as is common.We often talk of North-South dichotomy.

The other respect is dividing Nigeria into North(loosely to mean Hausa), West(loosely to mean Yoruba)and East(loosely to mean Igbo), Abuja still comes under the North here.

If we now use the six geopolitical classification, Abuja is in North-Central. North already appearing in the classification.No further discussion

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Abuja is in North-Central.

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keep fooling yourself

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Abuja is not HAUSA, nd has never been. Too much generalising going on in NL.

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Take it or leave it, Lagos is Yoruba while Abuja is Hausa(that is if we say north=hausa, as is commonly used)

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usman there u have it? i rest my case

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LAGOS AND ABUJA Is nigerian asset shikena!!! funded by nigerian money yes sir!! get that in your head!!

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Abuja is a northern city, just as Lagos is a yoruba/south-western city. We are talking about origin here pls, so don't tell me Nigerian money is used to develop Lagos or Abuja. The fact still remains an Ibo or Hausa man cannot say he wants to be the Oba of Lagos.

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notting oh just thinking

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pls MCusman waiting for your decision

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ok tnx. iv always wondered how they came up wit that land. good stuff

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History

The land now called Abuja was originally the south-western part of the ancient Habe (Hausa) kingdom of Zazzau (Zaria). It was populated fore centuries by several semi-independent tribes. The largest of the tribes was Gbagyi (Gwari), followed by the Koro and a few other smaller tribes. In early 1800s when Zaria fell to Fulani invaders, Muhammed Makau, fled south with some followers and his brothers- Abu Ja and Kwaka. Abu Ja succeeded Makau in 1825.

The full name of the king was Abubakar; Abu was his nickname. By some accounts his fair complexion earned him the nickname Ja which means red or fair-skinned in Hausa. He became known as Abu-Ja meaning Abu the red or Abubakar the fair one, other sources say that the Ja is a shortened form of Ishaku Jatau, his father's name.

King Abubakar founded the kingdom of Abuja.

Abuja became a major commercial centre where goods were exchanged by long distance traders. The inhabitants successfully fought off the Fulani and were not conquered as the neighbouring lands were.

In 1902, Abuja was occupied by the British colonial army. The British re organised the kingdoms and called them emirates which means kingdom in Arabic. Until 1975, it remained a quiet part of Nigeria.

The problems associated with the capital being in Lagos, as mentioned earlier, led to the search for a new capital that year. Abuja was selected from amongst 33 possible sites. The criteria used for selection included: centrality, healthy, climate, land availability and use, water supply, multi-access possibilities, security , existence of resources, drainage, good soil, physical planning convenience and ethnic accord.

The Emir of Abuja at the time, Altai Suleiman Bara, was asked to meet with his Emirate Council to approve contributing four of the five districts to Abuja to become the new capital. The council was divided as some districts considered it too much of a sacrifice; but at the end, they approved the request from the Federal Government. Thus, the Abuja in Niger State contributed 80% of the land of the territory, Plateau State (Now Nassarawa State) contributed 16 percent of the South east territory and Kwara State (now Kogi State) contributed about four percent of the south-west territory.

The Emirate was then asked to give up the Abuja for the Federal Capital Territory. Again the council was divided. In the end, they agreed believing that the name of the emirate would become famous throughout the world. The previous town of Abuja was renamed Suleja after the then Emir of Suleiman Barau and Ja the last syllable of the first emir name.

Another interesting historical fact is that in the Gbagyi (or Gwan) language, the word Aso means success or victory. According to tradition, the original inhabitants of the region lived at the base of the rock for centuries without being conquered. The rock was a refuge as well as mystical source strength. Asoro (Aso Koro) the name of the one of the local areas, therefore, means people of victory. In addition, the term Aso Rock is increasingly being used to refer not only to the physical structure of the most imposing rock in the area, but also as a symbol of government power and a nation.

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Abuja is not even a state.

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FCT is middle belt. Abuja is in d north. It hs similar terrain n climate of Niger, Nassarawa n major parts of KD

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It is in the middle belt. It not considered but rather erronously confused as a northern state.

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it's in the middle-belt, middle-belt is typically considered northern.

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