Yesterday was a sad day for not only Ghana but the world as they laid to rest the great Prof. Kofi Annan who passed away on the 18th of August in Bern, Switzerland after a brief illness at the age of 80.
Prof. Kofi Annan was known mostly for his position as the Secretary General of the United Nations, a position he held from 1997 to 2006.
He was a great man loved by all and sundry and that love was made even more visible after his death. Several memorials were held in honor of him in Pretoria, Geneva and Ghana. His burial which took place yesterday, September 13, drew people from all walks of life including world dignitaries, traditional rulers, past and present Heads of State, all of them present to pay their final respects to this great icon.
Among the people who paid their tributes to Kofi Annan was the President of Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo who spoke highly of the late Kofi extolling him as a man of so much honesty and moral strength. “Despite the unjustified attacks on him, trying to fix him with responsibility for the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica when he was head of U.N. peace operations, he 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 the ill-fated intervention in Iraq.”
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Present Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who attested the state burial accorded Kofi and who was himself a junior staff to Kofi at one point said of him, “Kofi Annan was courageous, speaking the truth to power while subjecting himself to intense self-scrutiny,” He went further to say that it was an honor to serve with Kofi to ensure world peace.
Kofi’s family led by his grieving wife, Nane Maria, gave powerful tributes to him declaring the late Kofi as a man of deep wisdom and a lover of peace who did his very best to ensure that the world was at peace. His efforts were recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded him in 2001.
After the state funeral arranged for him, a private funeral was held at the military camp, Burma camp in Accra.
Among the important guests were the Ethiopian president Mulatu Teshome, Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara, Liberian president George Manneh Weah, Namibian president Hage Geingob, Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa, Angolan vice-president,and the Ex-presidents of Germany and Mauritius.