Kofi Annan Received “Unjustified Attacks”- President
Akufo-Addo has revealed that the late Seventh Ghanaian UN Secretary-General received “unjustified attacks” when he was trying to fix him with responsibility for the genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica when he was head of UN Peace Keeping operations.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that the late Seventh Ghanaian UN Secretary-General received “unjustified attacks” when he was trying to fix him with responsibility for the genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica when he was head of UN Peace Keeping operations.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the late Bosumuru Kofi Atta 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.
In an address at the funeral ceremony for his burial, the president 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.”
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 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.
The Most Reverend Dr Justice Offei Akrofi, a former Anglican Archbishop of West Africa and Bishop of Accra, described Kofi Annan as a person who looked ordinary but was a great and extraordinary man.
Preaching the sermon at the funeral service of Mr Annan at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Most Rev. Akrofi said his personal encounter with him, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, revealed a man who, with all his honours, “exuded the quality styled four-Hs; Humanity, Honesty, Humility and Humour in addition to his efficiency and competence”.
The three-day State Funeral, which started on Tuesday, September 11 and ended on Thursday, September 13, was hosted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Heads of states and various world leaders including Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, Presidents George Weah of Liberia, Alasanne Quatera of Cote d’Ivoire and Dr Hage Geingob of Namibia, attended the funeral to mourn with Ghana for her great loss.