Mohammed Sambo attended Baptist Primary School in Kakuri, Kaduna before attending Kobi Primary School in Bauchi and Towns School No.1 in Zaria. In 1967-71, Sambo attended Government Secondary School, now Alhuda-Huda College, in Zaria. In 1972, he attended the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 1976, Sambo graduated from the Department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours BSc (Hons) and a Masters degree (MSc) in Architecture. After graduation and up to August 1979, he served with the Oyo State Ministry of Works and Housing for the National Youth Service Corps.
On February 1986, Namadi Sambo was appointed the Kaduna State’s Commissioner of Agriculture. In 1988 he was re-posted to the Kaduna State Ministry of Works, Transport and Housing. He further worked as the Managing Director of Fulani Construction Company at Gombe. Consequent upon his appointment, he took active part in the construction of DadinKowa Secondary School, now a Polytechnic, and many other educational institutions and housing projects.
Namadi Sambo eventually floated an architectural firm called Environmental Design Consortium, which later metamorphosed into Coplan Associates. This enabled him to engage in private practice of his profession after leaving the service of the Kaduna State Government in 1990. He consulted for the World Bank as well as Federal and State Governments.
Namadi Sambo was later elected the Executive Governor of Kaduna State in the year. Following the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Namadi Sambo became the vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria on May 6, 2010. Namadi Sambo later contested the April 16, 2011 presidential election as the running mate of President Goodluck Jonathan which they won.
A source in Kano, Malam Ibrahim Mohammed, who closely followed the campaigns and submitted audio to SaharaReporters said Sambo’s failure properly to recite Fatiha, which is elementary prayer surprised Muslims following the campaigns.
Mohammed added that Sambo also boasted that he is from Medina since his name is Namadi and performs Islamic rites and annually goes to Hajj for pilgrimages.
He said “The audio is presently being circulated for people to listen to characters and jesters pretending to be Muslims but cannot recite Fatiha prayers. It is unfortunate that he embarrassed himself after boasting of being knowledgeable Muslim.
“If you don’t know religion properly how can you lead with fear of Allah and fear him. And he keeps boasting, for the fact that he cannot say this prayer, it shows, he is not a Muslim and there is need for him to seek further Islamic knowledge.
“It is a shame and it calls for reflection because it surprised many of us.”
During the 2015 presidential campaign, Sambo questioned APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari's faith telling Muslims at a campaign rally that the Buhari chose a Pentecostal pastor with 5,000 churches.
On becoming governor, Mr Sambo made several ambitious promises, but was criticised for not managing to keep some of them.
For example, he failed to make much progress on plans to improve the state's health and education facilities, water supply and roads by the time he was chosen as President Jonathan's deputy.
His main success was in the area of security - a big issue in Kaduna, which has suffered in the past from ethnic violence.
Mr Sambo presided over Operation Yaki, a task force which brought together the police, the military and other security services to deal with crime in the state.
But after three modest and relatively obscure years as a state governor, there is still a lot to learn about Mr Sambo's political skills and his motivation to use them as a possible future president.
“When people bring the issue of religion to deceive you, our party has more Muslims than APC. Therefore if this (is) the yardstick, we then have an edge."
“Our chairman is a Muslim; the Director General of our campaign is a Muslim likewise. I Namadina Namadina Sambo am a Muslim. It is only our presidential candidate that is a Christian."
"Buhari is not a true Muslim. If he is, he won't appoint a pastor who controls over 5,000 churches as his deputy."
"The efforts of security agencies in tackling the nascent internal security challenges in the country and emphasised that insecurity remained a front burner national issue to the government".
"As you are aware, insecurity remains a front burner national issue due to the activities of a misguided few."Let me assure you that government is more than ever determined to address the novel acts of terrorism that confront our nation."
"I am glad to note that the military is reinforcing its collaboration with the Police and other security agencies to checkmate these unpatriotic activities within our national borders."
"The goal of the present administration is to bequeath to the next generation a more peaceful and united country where all citizens can tap the vast opportunities of the 21st century without fear or hindrance."
"Our administration is committed to a rebirth of our national values. We are resolved to tackle corruption and other related vices, which continue to retard our development efforts frontally. We are strengthening the Police and other anti-corruption agencies to enable them to rekindle the war against corruption in all its ramifications."
"As a responsive government, dedicated to meeting the expectations of our people, we are reforming our bureaucracy and strengthening our institutions to ensure greater efficiency and competence. We are also determined to build a sound educational base for all strata of the polity, particularly the Armed Forces.”
The Nigeria’s Vice President, Arc. Muhammad Namadi Sambo is a man with a strong conviction and unique character. At 60 year on August 2, 2012, he has come a long way as an architect, businessman, commissioner, governor and presently the second most powerful person in the most populous country in Africa.
He is married, and has six children