President Goodluck Jonathan has extended his condolences to the government of Singapore on the passing away of the country’s founding father and former Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Lee Kuan Yew passed away early on Monday, March 23, at the age of 91.

The statement reads:

“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.”

Lee was the Singapore’s Prime Minister for 31 years and has been praised for turning the nation into one of the world’s most prosperous.