Every country, from the poorest to the richest, does everything possible in their military power to ensure that the number one man in the country, the president, is safe. The cost notwithstanding.
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Nigeria is no different from the president, Muhammadu Buhari is heavily protected at all times from every external force(s) that may want to eliminate him. This protection comes in different forms, such as satellites, heavy military presence, armoured cars and many more. All to ensure that the president is safe at all times.
What Is An Armoured Car?
An armoured car is a regular car that has been reinforced with an armour plate and bulletproof glass and a variety of other defence mechanisms and features inside to protect the individuals inside.
The Nigerian President uses an Armoured Lexus LX 570
LEXUS LX 570
Based on a 3.5L V6 engine producing 409 HP, this vehicle offers a new level of luxury and reliability both on and off the road. The full-size SUV dominates its class by offering a unique combination of power, technology and prestige to create a new image for itself. The armouring on this vehicle does not affect its luxurious interior.
Refinement and technology best describe this vehicle. It combines the power of a newly-released 3.5L V6 engine with the grace of a 10-speed sequential-shift transmission providing 409 horsepower. It comes with features like all-wheel drive, crawl control, multi-terrain select and active height control which makes it a tech geek as well as trendy. The armoured LX 570 becomes a dream come true for those whose lives are at stake, giving it round 360-degree protection and a full package of safety features
The car has undergone full capsule armouring of the vehicle to BR6 standards, as well as underbody protection against the detonation of two DM51 hand grenades. All vehicle openings are overlapped for further protection and a full suite of additional options such as Sirens, PA Systems, strobe lights and other tactical features are available.
Asides from the armoury on this car, we should note that the two-row LX’s interior is incredibly roomy. There’s a lack of toe room under the front seats, but extra legroom makes up for that. Visibility is also quite strong for a large SUV, with a tall glass and expansive mirrors that provide a good view all around. The driving position is very upright and commanding, and shorter drivers might struggle to find a comfortable arrangement.
The cabin is positively cluttered with controls, many for off-road features. They’re well labelled, but it’s a lot to manage. Anything that doesn’t have a button is stuck in one of the most cumbersome infotainment interfaces on the road. Also, while the doors open wide and there are plenty of grab handles, the vehicle’s high seats and high step rails can make getting in and out a struggle for some.
Mercedes Maybach S650
The official car of the President of Nigeria is a Mercedes-Benz S600, which he uses for official purposes accompanied by men on foot, on motorcycles, and in other secured cars.
First of all, President Buhari not only changed the presidential fleet but also went for a massive upgrade – the Mercedes Benz Maybach S650. This is not just a version of the W222 but also a more luxurious and comfy ride. The vehicle made by the German car manufacturing brand, Mercedes Benz, is also customised to provide security and comfort for occupants. When it drives past, you can see the Nigerian flag well hoisted on it.
The vehicle is believed to cost close to ₦61 million without armour. However, the price tag of the bullet-proof S650 the President is riding can cost up to ₦360 million, which makes perfect sense for a national leader’s transport.
It is made to also blend in with other Benz cars in the escort fleet, so nobody knows if and when President Buhari is right inside.
It is great to find out that quite a lot of money is being invested to ensure the president stays safe and alive.
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