The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has eulogised Kofi Annan as a great leader, describing the former UN boss as “one-of-a-kind”.
The UN chief made the remarks in his tribute to the late UN Secretary General at his final funeral rites today [Thursday].
“He was an exceptional global leader,” he said.
He added, the former UN chief was a person that almost everyone across the globe saw themselves in, as brought people together, put them at ease and united them towards a common goal for our common humanity.
“He had that gentle voice, that lilt that made people smile and think of music. But his words were tough and wise. And sometimes the graver a situation the lower that voice would get.’’
“Kofi Annan was the United Nations and the United Nations was him,” Guterres declared.
According to him, he would continually be inspired by the integrity, dynamism and dedication exhibited by Annan, especially so when he now occupies the post Annan once held.
President Akufo-Addo has directed that the Ghanaian flag flies at half-mast across the country and in the country’s foreign missions abroad in deference to the deceased, who some described as Ghana’s gift to the international community.
Flags at the UN headquarters in New York are already flying at half-mast.
The former international Number One Civil Servant passed away in Switzerland.
He was married to his second wife, former lawyer, Nane Lagergren of Sweden.
The career diplomat joined the UN in 1962 and rose through the ranks to become the world body’s Secretary-General.
Until recently he was the Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon.