There is something about being a Nigerian governor– and that’s the prestige and fat salary that comes with it. Nigerian politicians, and governors inclusive, are amongst the highest paid in the world. Asides from their basic salary, which runs into millions of naira, they also have other benefits and allowances. This makes it easy for Nigerian governors to enjoy luxury at its peak. They own luxurious cars and live in impeccable houses with their family. Some of their cars are used purely for official purposes, while others are meant for personal use.
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Nigeria is a country with 35 state executives and deputy governors. There are similarities in the car choice of these governors. This is why Carmart Blog brings you the top 5 cars Nigerian governors use.
Mercedes Benz S550
Mercedes Benz has been tested and trusted as a brand that offers durability and luxury. Many wealthy elites in Nigeria, like celebrities, business magnates and even politicians, don’t hesitate to splash their money on acquiring one or more Mercedes Benz cars. Little wonder almost 80% of Nigerian governors have one or more Mercedes Benz vehicles, either used as an official car or personal car. Amongst Mercedes Benz brands, the S550 4matic sedan is particularly loved by Nigerian governors with a starting price of 70 million NGN.
Due to security reasons, these sedans are usually bulletproof to add extra protection for governors during official duty. Under the hood of the S-550 is either a 429-hp turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six-cylinder engine on the S500 or a 496-hp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V-8 on the S580. Both powertrains are supplemented by a 48-volt hybrid system (called EQ Boost) and pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive.
Land Range Rover
Two popular governors who use the Land Range Rover are the River state governor Nyesom Wike and former Lagos State governor- Ambode. The Range Rover is quite expensive to own, with prices ranging from 60 to 90 million NGN depending on optional features. But then, 60-90 million NGN is a small price to pay by Nigerian governors!
The Land Range Rover features an auxiliary backup battery with a split charging system, a self-sealing fuel tank, and an anti-tamper exhaust. This modern SUV is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder with 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Nigerian governors’ bulletproof tuned model of the Land Range Rover can withstand a high-velocity 7.62 mm, armour-piercing incendiary rounds. It can also withstand TNT 33lb (15kg) explosions.
Lexus Lx 570
Lexus is the luxury arm of Toyota, and many Nigerian governors have to love the luxury Lexus cars provide. Amongst all luxury models, the LX 570 is especially used by governors. Governor Yahaya Bello and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State have been reported to have the LX 570 as official cars. Lexus LX570’s armoured version used by these governors is found to currently cost around ₦70 million to ₦100 million.
The LX 570 is characterized by the best performance and comfort. With a 5.7-litre V8 that outputs 383 hp and 403 ib-ft. In addition, it is mated with 8-speed automatic transmission. Lexus LX 570 is one of the toughest models of the Lexus car brand.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
The Landcruiser Prado depicts class, luxury, safety and performance. This model SUV is the choice vehicle for most Nigerian governors because of its ruggedness and stability. It’s no news that Nigerian roads are poor and filled with potholes; the Landcruiser Prado is expertly made to manoeuvre its way through roads like this comfortably. Hence, if Nigerian governors won’t go by flight, the next best vehicle to use for road trips is the Landcruiser Prado. This rugged SUV is spacious and has a starting price of 40 million NGN.
Mercedes Benz G-Wagon
For most Nigerian governors, the G-Wagon is not often used as an official car; but rather used as a personal vehicle used for outdoor occasions. The G-Wagon costs between 80-100 million NGN.
The G-Wagon comes with powerful V8 engines and unmistakable exterior styling. It seats five people, comes in G 550 and AMG G 63 specifications, and offers a unique blend of purpose-built design, unstoppable off-road capability, and high-end interior materials and technology.
Nigerian governors are wealthy and love to drive luxury cars. Above are the top 5 cars they love to ride.
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