Location of Borno State in Nigeria
|Date created||3 February 1976|
|• Governor||Ali Modu Sheriff (ANPP)|
|• Total||70,898 km2 (27,374 sq mi)|
|Area rank||2nd of 36|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||12th of 36|
|• Density||37/km2 (95/sq mi)|
|• Total||$5.18 billion|
|• Per capita||$1,214|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-BO|
Role of the emirs
The state is dominated by the Kanuri and Babur ethnic groups and also a few Shuwa arabs mainly descendants of arab immigrants,  and is an example of the endurance of traditional political institutions in some areas of Africa. There, the emirs of the former Kanem-Bornu Empire have played a part in the politics of this area for nearly 1000 years. The current dynasty gained control in the early nineteenth century and was supported by the British, who prevented a military defeat for the group and established a new capital for the dynasty at Maiduguri or Yerwa (as referred to by the natives) in 1905, which remains the capital to this day. After Nigerian independence in 1960, Borno remained fairly autonomous until the expansion of the number of states in Nigeria to 12 in 1967. Local government reform in 1976 further reduced the amount of power the emirs of the former dynasty had, and, by the time of Nigeria's return to civilian rule in 1979, the emir's jurisdiction has been restricted solely to cultural and traditional affairs. Today, the emirs still exist, and serve as advisers to the local government.
Local Government Areas
Borno State is divided into 27 Local Government Areas:
- See List of Governors of Borno State for a list of prior governors
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