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Namadi Sambo

Namadi Sambo




Mohammed Namadi Sambo, born on August 2, 1954, is a Nigerian politician who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from May 19, 2010, to May 29, 2015. Before his vice presidency, he was the Governor of Kaduna State from 2007 to 2010.

Sambo was born in Zaria, located in the Northern Region of Nigeria. His early education began at Baptist Primary School in Kakuri, Kaduna, continued at Kobi Primary School in Bauchi, and concluded at Towns School No. 1 in Zaria. He attended Government Secondary School, now known as Alhuda-Huda College, in Zaria from 1967 to 1971.

In 1972, Sambo enrolled in the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He pursued architecture, graduating with honors in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture, and later obtained a master’s degree in the same field.

Sambo's career started with the Oyo State Ministry of Works and Housing during his National Youth Service Corps year, concluding in August 1979. He then transitioned to private practice as an architect. His public service began in 1988 when he was appointed Commissioner for Works, Transport, and Housing in Kaduna State. He returned to private practice in 1990 after leaving his commissioner role.

In the political arena, Sambo was elected as the Governor of Kaduna State in April 2007 and took office in May of the same year. His administration focused on an 11-point agenda aimed at youth and women empowerment and improving state security. His governance tenure was cut short when President Goodluck Jonathan selected him as Vice President following the death of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

Sambo's nomination as Vice President was sent to the National Assembly on May 15, 2010, and approved on May 18, 2010. He was officially sworn in on May 19, 2010, and served in this capacity until the end of Jonathan's administration on May 29, 2015.


August 2, 1954

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