Ghana’s flags at half-mast as world leaders mourns Kofi Annan
Late Kofi Anna. (Theresa May twitter)
By Adesina Idris
London, August 18, 2018 (AltAfrica)-President Akufo-Addo of Ghana has directed that Ghana flags both internally and Ghana’s missions worldwide should fly at half-mast in honor of the departed illustrious son of Ghana, 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,” a statement from the president said
President Akufo-Addo in the statement described Kofi Annan as a “consummate international diplomat and highly respected former Secretary General of the United Nations” who brought “considerable renown” to Ghana.
Below is the full statement from the Ghana presidency:
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.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic
World leaders mourn
Meanwhile Tributes have been pouring for the late former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan who died on Saturday morning in Bern
They include Ghana’s former president, John Dramani Mahama who described the late UN Secretary-General as a person who spent his life working for global peace, security and sustainable development.
Kofi Annan passed away Saturday, August 17, 2018 after a short illness at a Hospital in the Swiss city of Bern.
He is reported to have fallen ill on his way back from South Africa (the Mandela centenary).
He was hospitalized in Geneva and later airlifted to the capital, Bern.
A statement from the foundation said, “His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days.”
World leaders mourn
Meanwhile, some world leaders have also taken to social media to express their condolences.
British Prime Minister, Theresa Mary May said Annan reformed the UN and made a huge contribution to the world.
“A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family,” she posted on Twitter.
Current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres also said Kofi Annan’s “legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all.”