President Akufo-Addo mourns Kofi Annan

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Kofi Annan and Nana Akufo-Addo
Kofi Annan and Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, has mourned the late UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

The Noble Peace Prize laureate passed away on Saturday, August 18, in Berne, Switzerland after a short illness.

Reacting to his death, Akufo-Addo has released a statement, expressing sadness over the news and extending his  “sincere, heartfelt condolences to his beloved widow, Nane Maria, and to his devoted children, Ama, Kojo and Nina, on this great loss. I am, however, comforted by the information, after speaking to Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep.”

He added that he has ordered the national flag should fly at half-mast in Kofi Annan’s honour.

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan

“I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August 2018, for one week,” it added.

Read the full statement below;

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO MOURNS KOFI ANNAN

The Government and people of Ghana, First Lady Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Berne, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr Kofi Annan.

I extend, on behalf of the entire Ghanaian nation, our sincere, heartfelt condolences to his beloved widow, Nane Maria, and to his devoted children, Ama, Kojo and Nina, on this great loss. I am, however, comforted by the information, after speaking to Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep.

Consummate international diplomat and highly respected former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Annan was the first from sub-Saharan Africa to occupy this exalted position. He brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena. He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course onto the path of progress and prosperity. Undoubtedly, he excelled in the various undertakings of his life, leaving in his trail most pleasant memories. His was a life well-lived.

I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August, 2018, for one week.

Rest in perfect peace, Kofi. You have earned it. God bless.

……signed……
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic

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