Kofi Atta Annan: Ghana’s illustrious son goes home today

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA – The mortal remains of
Kofi Atta Annan, the Seventh United Nations Secretary-General, would the
interred at the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp, on Thursday, after it is
all said and done at a funeral service to climax three days of national
mourning.

Many heads of State and representatives of
Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and
many other dignitaries are joining President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and
the people of Ghana to bid a befitting farewell to him.      

Since Mr Annan’s passing on August 18,
ceaseless tributes have poured in, invariably appreciating his services as a
peace broker and humanitarialist, which had impacted family, community, nations
across the globe.

There is so much indication that the ‘humble
strong man’ was dearly loved at home just as he was abroad.

Mr Michel Sidebe, Executive Director of
UNAIDS, sums it all up in a tribute, which described Kofi Annan, as a “shining
light of Africa who has left behind millions and millions of blazing bright
spots in every corner of the world.

“An African at heart, a global citizen in
truth, Kofi Annan symbolised the best of humanity. As United Nations Secretary
General, his contributions to society spanned across continent and covered
multiple issues. He was a rabble rouser, trouble-shooter, change-maker-all
combined in one”.

The Asantehene, Osei Tutu II, in his tribute,
described him “as an embodiment of peace, an indispensable world leader, and a
moral compass of the world.”

Mr Annan’s extended family, in their tribute
asserts: “It is gratifying to note that in whatsoever capacity he found
himself, even as an ordinary member of the family, Kofi Atta performed his
duties with distinction and low key humility. His deep and abiding faith in
humility remained the pivot of his life up until his death.

“As a person, he abhorred greed and arrogance,
vain pride and exploitation. He could have used his position to amass personal
wealth but he resisted the temptation and remained a simple man.

 “Those
who were privileged to be associated with him pay glowing testimony to his
sterling quality. He was firm and he loved to fight for justice”.

For the University of Ghana, which he served
as a chancellor for 10 years: “Mr. Kofi Annan was a strong tower and worthy
vessel from which the University drew a lot of wisdom and inspiration.

“He took a strong interest in the University’s
activities, and provided a strong backbone during some of the turbulent times
of the University. Mr. Annan called frequently to check on the state of the
University, and regularly assured us of his unflinching support.”

And for the students of Fettehman Senior High
School, which he initiated and supported to thrive, they will sorely miss the
benefactor who was funding the education of many of them and inspiring them to
achieve many laurels in all the disciplines of life.

Kofi Annan established many organisations to
promote peace and betterment of the vulnerable across the globe, including the
Kofi Annan Foundation, Africa Progress Panel, Global Commission on Elections,
Democracy and Security and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa.

He mainly used diplomacy, shuttle mediation
and advocacy to espouse causes beneficial to the world in variety of fields
with great passion and dedication.

Mr Annan passed away peacefully in the Swiss
city of Bern after a brief illness. He was aged 80.

He was the UN Secretary-General from January
1997 to 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 Noble
Peace Price with the UN.

Upon his retirement from UN, he was appointed
as a special envoy to Syria and led UN Commission to negotiate for peace during
the Rohingya crisis in September 2016.

He was survived by a wife, Nane Maria
Lagergren, and three children, Kojo, Ama and Nina.

GNA

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