In Nigeria, politicians are amongst the wealthy few the country has. In fact, many people believe going into Nigerian Politics is a good way to make easy money. Some Nigerian politicians made their money from politics while some are wealthy even before they came into politics.
Being wealthy makes it easy for someone to enjoy luxury, and one such luxury is a private jet. Check out the list of the top 10 Nigerian politicians that has one or more private jets:
Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu was already wealthy before he became a senator in Nigeria. He is the CEO of SLOK Holdings, which has many interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, and more. 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. 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.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the iconic and well-known politicians in Nigeria. He has once served as the president of Lagos state and is currently aspiring to be the Governor of Nigeria. His wife, Oluremi Tinubu is a senator representing Lagos Central District. She is one of the longest-serving senators in the National house of assembly. It is reported that Bola Ahmed Tinubu has two private jets worth billions of naira.
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida GCFR
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a businessman and politician who served as Nigeria’s military president from August 1985 to August 1993. Born 17th August 1941, former President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a native of Niger state. He also owns 65% of the London-based Fruitex International Limited in London, 24% of Nigeria’s second-largest telecom company, Globacom. He is a wealthy billionaire with expensive cars and properties within and outside Nigeria. He also flies a Learjet 45 worth ₦594.7 million.
Atiku Abubakar GCON
Atiku Abubakar is another influential and wealthy politician in Nigeria. Born on 25th November 1946 to a Fulani farmer father and a trader mother, Atiku Abubakar is a native of Adamawa State, Nigeria. He served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, with Olusegun Obasanjo as president. For 20 years, Atiku Abubakar worked as the comptroller general of the Nigerian Customs. In addition, he has a wide range of businesses from beverages, food, education etc. When it comes to attending business meetings and travelling amongst countries, Atiku Abubakar enjoys the luxury of his private jet. He also owns an Embraer Phenom 100 private jet worth $4.1 million.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is one of the many people who shaped Nigeria’s politics. As an officer of the Nigerian Army, he served in the Congo Crisis and the Nigerian Civil War. General Olusegun Obasanjo ruled Nigeria during two different periods. First was between 1976 and 1979 as the Military Head of State after succeeding Murtala Muhammed who was killed in a deadly coup. His second tenure was between 1999 and 2007 in a democratic civilian rule. Olusegun Obasanjo is also involved in philanthropic activities and owns a number of businesses. He also owns a private jet he cruises in for international and local trips.
The Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is another wealthy politician who owns a private jet in Nigeria. 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. He is the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate.
Born to Elder Fidelis and Mary Amaechi’s family on May 27, 1965, Rotimi Amaechi is another political figure in Nigeria. He was once a member of the People’s Democratic before he defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). He was the former governor of Rivers State. In 2012, Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State acquired a brand new Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) for his exclusive use.
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 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 Dorniers.
Godswill Akpabio is a former governor of Rivers State. He bought a Gulfstream during his tenure as governor, however, he claims the private jet belongs to the state government. He is the current Minister of Niger Delta, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader.
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma is a wealthy Nigerian businessman and politician. He amassed his wealth through shipping and petroleum. He flies a Hawker 900XP Hawker private jet and is also the owner of a Challenger 605 Bombardier. He served as the Minister of Defence during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo. He is also a retired Nigerian Army Lieutenant General and a former Chief of Army Staff.