Nigeria is the most populous Black Country in the whole world and in Africa. It is possible to meet a Nigerian in any country in the world, which is how many Nigerians are. Nigeria is a country that has many natural resources at its disposal, and it has what it takes to become the true ‘Giant of Africa’, not a self-acclaimed title but a true bestowed title.
So, what is stopping Nigeria from realizing her full potential? The people.
Nigeria is made up of 36 states, and each of these states has an Executive Governor and a Deputy Governor governing each state. These Governors and their deputies are paid fat salaries and other benefits, and after a careful breakdown, some benefits are unnecessary. Nigerian politicians are among the highest paid in the world, and it can be considered ridiculous because Nigeria is a 3rd world country and is still regarded as a poor country.
In the face of these, Nigerian Politicians still live a lavish lifestyle and acquire for themselves the fine things of life regardless of the nation’s economic situation. In today’s article, we will be looking at the Top 5 Nigerian cars Politicians use.
Mercedes Benz S-Class
The first man in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the second man in Nigeria, VP Yemi Osinbanjo, and the Senate President, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan are all owners of the Mercedes Benz brand.
The fact is that many Nigerian Governors or Politicians own at least one Mercedes Benz in their fleet of cars for official or unofficial purposes. President Muhammadu Buhari owns a Mercedes Benz S550 as his official car, and VP Yemi Osinbanjo also uses the same model as the President.
The Mercedes Benz S-Class is known for its sleek exterior design and look, durability, and modern interior design. It has a 2.9 Litre diesel V6 engine. A 2020 model of this brand starts from $104,450 (N40, 077,465).
The Land Range Rover
The Land Range Rover is an expensive luxury car and not all Nigerian Politicians are owners of the car. A few Politicians like the former Governor of Lagos State, Governor Ambode, the present Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, and a few others own a few of these brands. The Land Range Rover has a V8 engine that can suppress any QinetiQ threat, it can withstand TNT 33lb explosions, can withstand DM51 grenades, a self-sealing fuel tank, anti-tamper exhaust, armour piercing incendiary rounds.
The Land Range Rover has the ability to ride on any type of ground due to its size and its makeup to withstand potholes and bump stocks. If you keep your eye open on the Lagos road, you can find a fleet of Black Range Rovers moving in one line; that’s a Politician.
Lexus LX 570
The Lexus LX 570 has a close resemblance with the Toyota Land cruiser, and they are both under the Toyota Family. Although similar in looks, the Lexus is more of a luxury car, which the Land Cruiser is not. The Lexus LX 570 is the official car of some Governors in Nigeria, and also some Politicians. The Lexus LX 570 is powered by a 5.7 litre V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. A 2020 model of the Lexus LX 570 starts from $86, 500 (N33, 190,050).
If there is any convoy in Nigeria, the Toyota Hilux has to be in it. The Toyota Hilux is generally regarded as a rugged car that looks like a truck, and Politicians use this car to transport their escorts or use the car to run errands that are unofficial. It is a very popular car in Nigeria, not only for Politicians but for civilians. It has a 2.4 litre diesel engine which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds. A Toyota Hilux is priced between N17 million – N25 million.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is another cliché ride that Nigerian Politicians patronize a lot. It is not a luxury car as much because you can find it parked in the garage of an average Nigerian. Regardless, Nigerian Politicians use this car as a rugged car, especially on roads that have lots of potholes. The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado packs on a 2.8 litre diesel engine, and a 2020 brand sells between $54, 000 – $87, 000.
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