World leaders on Thursday converged in the capital of Ghana, Accra, to pay their last respects to the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. The mortal remains of the illustrious son of Ghana who passed away on the 18th of August 2018, was flown into the country from Switzerland on Monday the 10th of September and laid in state for a period of three days for a state funeral.
Notably present was the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, President of Ethiopia, Dr. Mulato Teshome, Nigerien Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini, Liberian President George Weah, Thani Hamad Khalifa Hamad Al-Thani, the Qatar representative and Sierra Leonean President, Julius Maada Bio.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in a glowing tribute to his former predecessor, he said “Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. During the tumultuous era in which he led the United Nations, he combined compassion, commitment and diplomatic skill to bring the Organization closer to the world’s people, build the foundations of peace and give life to the values of the Charter”.
“I had the honour to work with Kofi from many perspectives. When I was Prime Minister of Portugal, we weathered many of the same global storms, from the wars in the Balkans to conflicts in Africa to the ultimately successful struggle of Timor-Leste for self-determination. Later, I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In now occupying the office he one held, I turned to him for his insights and wisdom. I and so many others have lost a friend. The world has lost a standard-bearer of global cooperation. The United Nations has lost an embodiment of its mission. ”, he recalled.
While paying tribute to Busumuru Annan, President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akuffo Addo recalled that, he was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian and the African to chart his or her own course on to the path of progress and prosperity. “He found the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, indeed of an Africa Beyond Aid, very appealing. Undoubtedly h, he excelled in the various undertakings of his life, leaving in his trail most pleasant memories. His was a life well lived”.
Since his death, the former UN Secretary General has been lauded for his contributions to the United Nations and to humanity.
He was interred at the new Military Cemetery in Accra after a solemn State burial.