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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, acquires second $50m (N7.8bn) private jet in the midst of party crisis

He is better known as the Lion of Bourdillion. Others will call him Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He was the former governor of Lagos state and a leading light in the opposition political amalgam, the All Progressive Congress (APC). Some folks say he is richer than all the south west states put together.
How far this is true remains to be scientifically proven.
What is proven though is that he is rich. We can reveal with authority that Asiwaju has taken delivery of his second private jet, a brand new Bombadier Global Express XRS valued at $50 million for effective intercontinental dash and junketing around the troubled Nigerian contraption. The jet, will be the second which he now personally owns and he reportedly got it so that he would not be refuelling when he goes on long haul journeys.
The jet is a Bombadier Global Express XRS. Asiwaju’s jet is the same type owned by Aliko Dangote, Folorunsho Alakija and Mike Adenuga Jnr which comes at the plus $50m bracket, according to an aviation expert.
After all the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeoye, justified his ownership of a private jet, saying it is necessary for efficiency in his assignment for evangelism.
The jet, a Global Express XRS plane, is allegedly chartered specifically for her private and official trips overseas. Interestingly, the luxury toy is a whooping N8.2 billion jet as at 2010, because it’s one of the most expensive in the world.
Specifications of the Bombardier Global Express: The jet has a large cabin, ultra long range business jet manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, Canada. The Global Express features an advanced all new supercritical wing with a 35° sweep and winglets, plus a new T-tail. The aircraft is powered by two BMW Rolls Royce BR-710 turbofans with FADEC. The advanced flight deck features a six screen Honeywell Primus 2000 XP EFIS suite and is offered with optional heads-up displays. Typical configuration features 18 passenger seats including fully berthable seats and an aft lounge/bedroom. The aircraft has a full galley and two lavatories. It is manned by two expatriate pilots and four cabin crew members.
A return trip on the XRS plane is said to cost taxpayers €600,000 (N150 million). And due to her tight schedule, it is estimated that she goes on official trips at least four times monthly. That’s an estimate of N600 million monthly and N7.2 billion yearly. See why we say that Nigeria is God’s own most loved nation.
The jet is different from the Challenger 850, which the House of Representatives said gulped N10billion in the last two years to fly the minister.
So why the hullabaloo about the acquisition of a $50 million bird by the Jagaban himself. After-all, money is not our problem in Nigeria, it’s how to spend it. That was the prediction og General Yakubu Gowon since the 1970s.

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