By Godwill Arthur-Mensah/Elizabeth Ofosu, GNA
Accra, Sept.11, GNA – Madam Ekua Donkor, the
Founder and Leader of the Ghana Freedom Party, on Tuesday paid glowing tribute
to the former United Nations Chief, Kofi Atta Annan, saying that, he brought
fame and honour to Ghana, Africa and the black race in general.
She said Kofi Annan being the first Blackman
from sub-Saharan Africa to head the global body for two consecutive terms, was
an achievement, and his feat should propel the younger generation to aim higher
and bring laurels to themselves and the African continent.
Madam Ekua Donkor made the remarks in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency at the Accra International Conference
Centre on Tuesday, where the mortal remains of Ghana’s illustrious son is
lying-in-state for public viewing.
She urged politicians and people appointed to
head various public institutions to emulate the shining example of Kofi Annan,
who was described as a “global peace icon and statesman”.
She, however, appealed to the President to
consider burying the body of the late Kofi Annan at the Asomdwee Park, instead
of the new military cemetery at Burma Camp, in order to befit his status as
someone who fought tirelessly for a fair and more peaceful world.
Madam Donkor also suggested the opening of the
casket containing the mortal remains of Kofi Annan, instead of being closed for
Mr Annan passed away peaceful on August 18,
2018 at a hospital in the Swiss city of Bern after a short illnesses.
He was aged 80.
He was the UN Secretary-General from January
1997 to December 2006, leading a number of reforms at the global body.
He successfully negotiated peace deals in many
countries plagued with conflicts and wars.
In 2001, he was co-recipient of the Nobel
Peace Prize with UN.
Mr Annan, upon retirement from active service,
served as UN special envoy to Syria, and also established the Kofi Annan
Foundation to pursue his vision of making the world a more peaceful place to
He was survived by a wife, Nane Maria
Lagergren and three children, Kojo, Ama and Nina.