A popular Nursery rhyme and proverb says, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride” so it is definitely not surprising that wealthy Nigerians don’t shy away from flaunting their prosperity and riches and the best way to show their measure of wealth is by the exotic cars.
Even before the advent of the Fast and Furious franchise, Nigeria has had a lot of car enthusiasts so you definitely can’t overemphasize the adoration that Nigerians have for expensive and exotic vehicles especially by government officials who can afford it.
This article will look at the three main cars which has been given a lot of consideration by top Nigerian officials including the President of the country.
Here they are:
1. Mercedes Benz S550:
The Mercedes Benz is the car anyone buys when they want to let their neighbours know they have ‘arrived’. It is no wonder that President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and many other Governors in the country own at least one Benz in their fleet of cars.
In the event that you don’t have the foggiest idea about, the Nigerian officeholder president – Muhammadu Buhari utilizes an bulletproof version of the intriguing Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic car vehicle as his official vehicle and not just him, the Vice President has the same model.
The above video shows the President in his Mercedes Benz S550, which is estimated at about N180 million.
The reason why the Mercedes Benz brand is always in the garages of Nigerian elites is not so far fetched, considering that it has shown its incredible value time after time.
2. Range Rover Sentinel:
The Range Rover is another car brand that has seeped deep into Nigerian culture that it is easily recognised as a mark of affluence.
The car makes this list despite being usedas official vehicles by two Governors – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.
They both use the Range Rover Sentinel which is estimated to cost between ₦50 million to ₦70 million.
If you wonder why the Sentinel is that expensive, lean back a little and read some details about this beauty and beast:
This vehicle is tuned to an affirmed VR8 standard to such an extent that it can withstand a QinetiQ ballistic risk. This means that it can withstand high-speed 7.62 mm puncturing bullets and withstand TNT 33lb (15kg) and DM51 explosives even if they go off simultaneously underneath the vehicle’s floor and rooftop.
It also has an assistant sort of back-up battery highlighting a split charging framework, a self-fixing fuel tank, and an enemy of alter exhaust also. It sure is one hell of a beast, no?
3. Lexus LX 570:
The third name on this list is none other than the Lexus brand – especially the Lexus LX 570.
The car’s importance can be noted when the Political and Economic Department of the Governor’s Office through the Office of the Secretary to the Ekiti State Government (SSG) approved that former Governor Ayodele Fayose be ‘gifted’ one.
It is no surprise that top politicians in Imo, Oyo and Ogun state use this as their official vehicles.
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, reportedly uses this beast which is estimated to cost between ₦50 million and ₦100 million.
According to reviews, the LX 570 is a definitely comfortable SUV which has exterior noise is nicely muted; plush seats and a very effective climate control system despite lackluster front-seat ventilation. The separate body-on-frame construction limits the transfer of engine and road vibrations to the occupants. It’s so quiet you can even hear the adaptive cruise control system subtly actuating the brakes and throttle.
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