Jonathan pays tribute to Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

President Goodluck Jonathan commiserates with the government of Singapore on the passing away of the founding father and former Prime Minister of the country, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

President Jonathan assures Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong and the people of Singapore that Nigeria stands in full solidarity with them as they mourn his legendary father who transformed Singapore from a small port city into a highly developed and prosperous centre of global enterprise.

The President and people of Nigeria, for whom the globally acclaimed achievements of Singapore under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew have been a great source of inspiration over the years, join his compatriots and many admirers across the developing world in paying very well deserved tribute to the late Prime Minister who moved his country “from the third world to the first world” with immense wisdom, courage, resilience and perseverance.

In doing so, the late Lee Kuan Yew set a magnificent and enduring example for present and future world leaders to follow and President Jonathan believes that the iconic leader’s accomplishments in the service of his nation will continue to inspire positive development across the world for many years to come.

As they mourn the beloved architect of their nation’s rapid development and prosperity, the President urges the people of Singapore to take solace in the knowledge that Lee Kuan Yew will be remembered and honoured forever as a celebrated global citizen whose leadership style, writings, speeches and glorious example will eternally motivate leaders in government and private enterprise.

The President prays that God Almighty will grant Lee Kuan Yew’s soul eternal rest and comfort his family, people of Singapore and admirers in other countries of the world.


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  • Ervine Okuboh

    I met Lee Kuan Yew many years ago at a state occasion. A great, great man. May his soul rest in peace.

  • richkid

    In your tenure we became the best economy in Africa. Even in Singapore he is highly recognised! RIP Kuan yew

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea. They are some of the countries we started off with in the ’60s. Is your measuring rod working properly? Are you still deceiving or allowing yourself to be deceived about you being a developed economy as theirs? Measuring rod…

  • maureen

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  • maureen

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  • Lemmuel Odjay

    That is where we want to be, President Jonathan. We want to be global players, not fish in a pond. So much has been said about Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, but nothing about corruption and ineptitude. In all of his pictures, for example, did he display the look of a fatted cow while his nation’s hospitals wallow? His secret is simply put, investing and re-investing in public institutions, more than in the pockets of oil contractors, ministers and party loyalists. Obama, during his tour of African nations minus Nigeria, advised us about the need to focus and target investment on national institutions like hospitals, schools, power, industries, etc. and not the individuals elected or appointed to oversee them as is the case in Nigeria. Is that so difficult to understand? Yes, we want to be like Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Dubai with whom we began the journey of emancipation in the ’60s. But I am sorry to disappoint you because we are not only miles behind, we are not making any catch-up efforts either, no thanks to yours and your party’s style of governance in the past 16 years. We cannot be like them, ever. That is why we are asking for change that could position Nigeria to be able to compete favourably with the likes of Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore. Comprehend now?