Kofi Annan's wife, children pay last respects

Lester Mason
September 13, 2018

President George Weah of Liberia, current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and many top dignitaries are at the Accra International Conference Center for the burial service.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Mpohor, Alex Kofi Agyekum, said Mr Annan's intervention helped to avert chaos in the 2016 general elections in Ghana after the Electoral Commission (EC) delayed in releasing the presidential results.

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.

Others include Princess Beatrix, the former queen of the Netherlands, and her daughter-in-law Princess Mabel, who were close friends of Annan. "You know what to do: Take care of each other".

Excellency, President Barrow sends a special delegation to Accra, Ghana, to attend the funeral of H.E. Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, who died on the 18th of August, 2018, in Switzerland.

The king of Ghana's Asante people, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, awarded Annan the title Busumuru in 2012 to honour his role as an worldwide diplomat.

Mr Annan's maternal grandfather is from Akwamu while the father is from the Ashanti Region.

Annan is survived by his wife Nane Maria, his children and grandchildren. The world has lost a standard-bearer of global cooperation.

Now retired and back living in Ghana, he said Annan taught him "the benefit of humility, the benefit of honesty, the benefit of decisiveness, and diplomacy from the grassroots".

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to revitalise the worldwide body, during a period that coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Giving the significance of the sword, he said, it was fitting that Mr Annan became the first to be granted the title since the foundation of the Asante kingdom.

The final funeral rites for Mr. Annan held on 13th September 2018 in Accra brought together leaders from the world over to pay their last respects to the world icon.

Professor Atsu Ayee of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana said, "The lasting tribute we can give to Kofi Annan, Ghana's illustrious son, who rose through the ranks to head the United Nations, for a decade, is to emulate his sterling leadership skills and love for humanity".

The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, told DAILY GUIDE yesterday that Kofi Annan's contribution towards global peace, which culminated in the award of Noble Peace Prize in 2002, would forever remain as his legacy.

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