Annan’s passing is a huge loss to all – President

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, eulogised the Seventh UN Secretary-General and
astute Ghanaian statesman, saying “Ghana, Africa and the world have suffered
greatly from his passing.”

Delivering a tribute at the funeral ceremony
for his burial, the President said Mr Annan brought considerable renown to
Ghana by his position and by his conduct and comportment in the global arena.

“Charming, cosmopolitan, consensus-builder,
elegant, eloquent, gentle-mannered, modest, polyglot, proud African,
peacemaker, quintessential diplomat-these words are still inadequate to capture
the fullness of the personality of Kofi Annan, one of the truly iconic figures
of modern times,” he noted.

“Indeed the outpouring of tributes from the world
over is an accurate measure of the man, a man who gave his life to making peace
where there was conflict, to defending the voiceless the voiceless who were
powerless, to promoting virtue where there was evil.”

President Akufo-Addo noted that despite the
“unjustified attacks” on him, trying to fix him with responsibility for the
genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica when he was head of UN Peace Keeping
operations, Mr Annan “never lost his moral compass, as he showed when he stood
up to the might of the United States of America when she was embarking on her
ill-fated intervention in Iraq.”

He said Mr Annan’s “epic but unavailing
effort” to establish a supremacy of international law over the actions of the
world’s greatest power “won him the admiration of all right-thinking persons,”
adding, “History has vindicated him.”

“Undoubtedly, he excelled in the various
undertakings of his life, leaving in his trails most pleasant memories. His was
a life well lived.”

The President said he believed that Mr Annan
was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian and African to chart his
or her own course unto the path of progress and prosperity, adding that “he,
Busumuru Atta Annan found the vision of a Ghana beyond Aid, and indeed an
Africa beyond aid, very appealing.”

He recalled the “sensitive, deeply appreciated
advice” Mr Annan lent to him when he became president of Ghana in 2017, saying,
“Ghana, Africa and the world have suffered greatly from his passing.”

Mr Annan died on August 18, 2018, after a
brief illness in the Swiss city of Berne.

He was survived by his wife, Nane Maria, their
children, Ama, Kojo and Nina.

Many world leaders and scores of dignitaries,
held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The solemn ceremony, telecast live to millions
across the globe, was witnessed by thousands from all walks of life, as they
paid their last respects to the man, Annan, considered the doyen of global
peace.

At the ceremony was the Secretary-General of
the UN, Antonio Gutteres, who said Mr Annan was “an exceptional global
leader, whose words were tough and wise.”

Former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and his
wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, President John Agyekum Kufuor, and John
Mahama were at the ceremony.

Ivorian leader Alassane Outarra, Liberian
President George Weah, Namibian President Dr Hage Geingob, President Obiang
Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Mr Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, were in
attendance.

Others are Dr Mulatu Teshome, President of
Ethiopia, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini of Niger, Zimbabwean Leader Emmerson
Mnangagwa, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Angolan

Vice president, Joao Manuel Goncalves, Her
Royal Highness, Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel of the Netherlands.

Also at the event were the former Nigerian
leaders Olusegun Obasanjo and Abdul Salam Abubakar, former German head of
State, Horst Kohler, former Finnish leader Tarja Halonem, former Slovenian President
Dr Danilo Turk, former Gambian Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang, and Former
Secretary general of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyako.

The Speaker of Parliament Mark Aaron Oquaye,
members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, security chiefs,
ministers, legislators and very important persons from the Sub-region attended
the ceremony.

Mr Annan was later buried privately at the
Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra.

Mr Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of
the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

Born in Kumasi, he joined the UN in 1962,
working for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Office in Geneva.

He then went to serve in various capacities at
the UN Headquarters including serving as Under Secretary-General for
peacekeeping from March 1992 to December 1996.

He was appointed the UN Chief in December 1996
by the Security Council and later confirmed by the General Assembly, becoming
the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself.

Mr Annan was re-elected for a second term in
2001 and was succeeded by South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon on January 01, 2007.

As Secretary-General, he worked to reform the
UN bureaucracy, combat the deadly HIV spread, especially in Africa and launched
the UN Global Compact.

After serving out his term, he formed the Kofi
Annan Foundation in 2007 to work on international development.

He was also the Chairman of “The Elders”, an
international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

In 2012, Mr Annan led the UN-Arab League Joint
Special Representative for Syria, to aid efforts at resolving the bloody
conflict there but quit over his frustration with the lack of progress with
regard to conflict resolution.

He was appointed to lead a UN Commission to
investigate the Rohingya crisis in September 2016.

Kofi Annan studied Economics at Macalester
College – International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and
Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

GNA

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