Former Kaduna State governor, Namadi Sambo has been sworn-in as Nigeria’s Vice President at a colourful ceremony held in Abuja today.
Sambo was also conferred with the national honour of the Grand Commander ofÂ the Order of the Niger (GCON) by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Yesterday the two chambers of the National Assembly confirmed the nomination of governor of Kaduna State, Architect Muhammad Namadi Sambo, as Vice President following a letter to that effect written to the lawmakers by President Goodluck Jonathan last week.
GovernorÂ Sambo â€™s choice defied calculation by political pundits as his name never featured among those tipped for the number two slot. By his choice, President Jonathan has proved to all that he will be his own man when it comes to taking vital decisions.
Who really is Sambo? A self made man, SamboÂ is not among the exclusive list of heavyweight politicians that made his home region a respected section in the federation.
A local breed intellectual, he was born on 2nd August 1954 in Zaria, Kaduna State. He started his educational career in 1959 at Baptist Primary School, Kakuri, Kaduna, Kobi Primary School in Bauchi and Towns School in Zaria, through 1967 to 1971.
The new Vice President regarded in the political circle as an â€˜IBB acolyte, attended Government Secondary School, now Alhuda-Huda College in Zaria, and upon completion proceeded to the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1972.
Samboâ€™s outstanding performances earned him an admission into the northern premier university,Â Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, in 1973 where he read Architecture and graduated with flying colours in 1976 with B.Sc Hons. He also holds a Masters Degree in Architecture, and did his youth service with the Oyo State Ministry of Works.
He picked his first appointment with Bauchi State Government in 1976 where in concert with other professionals designed office blocks and a Housing estate for the then young state.
Architect Sambo was appointed Commissioner for Agriculture in 1986, deployed to Works, Transport, and Housing in 1988 under the military regime in Kaduna State.
In 1990, Sambo graciously left the service of Kaduna State Government and started a career in private