Are you wondering if any Nigerian Senator owns a private jet? Then the answer is YES. Find out who they are in this article.
Owning a private jet is almost a normal thing amongst Nigerian politicians, senators inclusive. Without any doubt, private jets provide a faster and more comfortable means of transport. Many Nigerian senators would rather prefer to buy private jets than travel with commercial airlines because:
- Private jets are more convenient and comfortable
- There is no need for long queues unlike on commercial flights.
- There is flexibility and privacy.
- Status reasons.
Although private jets are highly expensive, certain Nigerian senators are able to afford them. This shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing that Nigerian senators are handsomely paid for their work, and sometimes they have been charged with corruption cases. Notwithstanding, some Nigerian senators have made their wealth before stepping into politics. They are businessmen, public figures, professors, business moguls etc who have made lots of money from their various enterprising endeavours.
Today on carmart.ng, we give you a list of Nigerian senators- both present and former- who owns private jets:
ORJI UZOR KALU
Orji Uzor Kalu was already wealthy before he became a senator in Nigeria. He is also the owner of two newspapers: the daily sun and the new telegraph. He was a former senator representing Aba Constituency and served as the governor of Abia State two consecutive times.
Orji Uzor Kalu is also the CEO of SLOK Holdings, which has many interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, and more. SLOK Holdings is a West African conglomerate with interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, and more. The conglomerate consists of various thriving companies including the Ojialex Furniture Company, SLOK Nigeria Limited, SLOK United Kingdom Limited, Adamawa Publishers Limited, SLOK Vegetable Oil, Aba, SLOK Paper Factory, Aba, SLOK United States Incorporated, SLOK Ghana, Togo, Cotonou, Guinea, South Africa, Liberia, Botswana, SLOK Korea, Supreme Oil Limited, SLOK Airlines, Sun Publishing Limited, and First International Bank Limited.
His net worth is estimated at .2 Billion. He owns various private jets, one of which is worth a little over N11 billion. His fleet of private jets includes one Gulfstream G650, one Bombardier’s Global EXP XR and three Gulfstream IV.
Former governor Rotimi Amaechi of Imo state is another wealthy politician who owns a private jet in Nigeria. He is currently the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate.
Rochas Okorocha didn’t begin his career as a politician. He had an early start in business due to the circumstances around his childhood. At a very young age, Rochas Okorocha hawked groceries in Barkin Ladi, Jos. At age 19, he was the head of a commercial school, He also became the proprietor of a school at age 23. Moving further at age 23, Rochas Okorocha began a trade-in cement business (BBC) in Gboko State.
Before becoming a senator, Rochas Okorocha has headed various prestigious organizations including President, Nigeria Red Cross Society, President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited, Pro-Chancellor, African Business School etc. He is the founder of the Rochas Okorocha Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to help less-privileged youths and children.
With a net worth estimated at $1.4 billion, Rochas Okorocha is amongst the list of Nigerian senators with private jets. According to him, he bought his private jets in an auction during the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo even before he became governor. He has always been persecuted for using public funds for acquiring his private jets, however, Rochas Okorocha always insists he bought his jets before becoming a governor.
SENATOR ALI MODU SHERIFF
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is a former governor of Borno state and once a member of the House of Assembly. He is Borno State’s first governor to serve two consecutive terms (2003–2011). According to reports, he was elected as the senator representing Borno Central on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during General Sani Abacha’s military regime. After democracy was restored, in April 1999 he was again elected Senator, Borno Central on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
He is a wealthy politician with various properties. He is often reported to own a fleet of four private jets consisting of one Gulfstream G650 and three Dornier’s.
Godswill Akpabio is a Nigerian politician and lawyer. He served as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007, to May 29, 2015. He is the current Minister of Niger Delta, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District (Ikot Ekpene). He was also the Senate’s Minority Leader until 2018 when he resigned after defecting to All Progressive Congress (APC).
He once worked as a teacher during the early stages of his career. He also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria where he rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company.
With a net worth estimated at $530 million, Godswill Akpabio is one of the few senators who owns a private jet. He bought a Gulfstream during his tenure as governor, however, he claims the private jet belongs to the state government.
Nigerian senators are wealthy and live comfortable lives. While not all of them flaunt their wealth on social media, it’s likely more of them have private jets among their assets.