In terms of presidential cars, there is change indeed. While GEJ was riding an ordinary Mercedes-Benz S 350, Muhammadu Buhari prefers much more expensive and luxury model – Mercedes-Maybach S600.
While both Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari prefer Mercedes-Benz, it seems that Jonathan’s taste in cars is much more simplistic than Buhari’s.
Jonathan attended the ceremony of Buhari’s presidential inauguration inside an ordinary Mercedes-Benz S 350.
Muhammadu Buhari enjoys rides in much more comfortable and luxury Mercedes model after stepping into the presidential office – Mercedes-Maybach S600.
This car represents the top notch in the latest sixth generation of luxury Mercedes-Benz special class cars, labelled by company as the W222, while GEJ’s car belongs to the previous fifth generation –the W221.
Mercedes-Benz representatives describe Mercedes-Maybach S600 as “an extra highlight in the luxury segment.”
Available luxury appointments over and above what was offered in the W221 include a choice of massage type for each seat occupant, while the W221 offered various intensities of a single massage type.
Mercedes-Maybach S600 in base-line configuration costs around $258,000 or N51,6 million, while the price for the new Mercedes-Benz S 350 is only $135,000 or N27 million.
Upgraded versions of these cars for world leaders cost tens of thousands dollars more than their base-line configuration, but include the capability to withstand small arms fire and explosive devices, and a self-sealing fuel tank.
There have been huge scandals related to expensive car purchases under Jonathan's rule.
Members of a committee handpicked by President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate the purchase of two BMW armored cars at a whopping cost of $1.6 million were intensely pressured by the former president to deliver a watery recommendation that exonerates Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah.
The committee set up to probe the N255m bulletproof car scandal in the aviation ministry has indicted the Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah.