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Nigerian woman, 25, becomes Argungu chief

Hindatu Umar assumed the position after the tenure of local chairmen expired.

A 25-year-old Nigerian woman has taken over as the head of a local authority in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria.

Hindatu Umar is the first woman and the youngest person to hold the position in Argungu city, in the north-western state of Kebbi.

The BBC’s Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar in Nigeria says her appointment is unprecedented.

Some residents have complained, telling the BBC that Ms Umar “lacks experience and boldness”.

She had been the deputy chairperson and was promoted when the tenure of the local chairman expired.

Our correspondent says that women in northern Nigeria usually remain in the background and rarely hold political office.

Argungu is famous for its annual fishing festival.

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