Ghanaian born international diplomat and former United Nation’s Secretary General Kofi Annan is dead!
The First black UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate was the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, according to a statement issued by his family.
In a statement issued by his fsmily’s, the international diplomat died peacefully;
“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness…”
“His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days,”
“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”
The UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was filled with emotional and heart touching praise for the former UN diplomat, he said he was grief-stricken over Annan’s death.
“Kofi was humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace. In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world’s loss becomes even more painful,” he said.
“He was a friend to thousands and a leader of millions.”
Perhaps, the greatest impact of Kofi Annan in his region in West Africa was help in 1998 in negotiating the peaceful transition to civilian rule in Nigeria, Africa’s regional hegemony with a population of over 180 million people.
Mr Kofi Annan will be remembered all over the world for reforms, negotiations, humanitarian efforts, peace and corporate social responsibility.