Tributes have been pouring in from around the world for the former consummate Ghanaian diplomat and nobel laureate Kofi Annan. Mr Annan was the first black African to be appointed as the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Antonio Guterres, the current UN Chief, tweeted: “Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all”.
UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tweets “Kofi Annan dedicated his life to building a more just and peaceful world. His efforts in support of conflict resolution and human rights will be remembered. He looked for a peaceful path when others looked for war. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones”.
Former Ghanaian president John D. Mahama tweets: “He lived and worked for global peace, security and sustainable development in very challenging times. A proud son of Ghana and Africa. RIP Kofi Annan”.
Former US President Barack Obama tweets: “Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world, and made time to motivate and inspire the next generation of leaders. Michelle and I offer our condolences to his family and many loved ones.”
Africa’s Richest man, Aliko Dangote, tweets: ” My heartfelt condolences to the family of Kofi Annan. An invaluable proponent of world peace, justice, and equality. Humanity has lost a great champion of peace”.
Alexis Tsipras tweets: “Kofi Annan has been a very important figure of our time, a leader who has inspired the world with his actions. A visionary of peace and cooperation among the peoples, he worked passionately for democracy, social justice, equality”.
Finnish President Niinistö on the passing of Mr. Kofi Annan: “The world has lost a staunch supporter of the international rules-based order and a great peacebuilder. On behalf of myself and the Finnish people, I offer my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones”.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde tweets “Kofi Annan was a beacon of light to the international community, a consummate humanitarian, and a friend to all those who strive to make the world a better place. All of us at the IMF mourn his passing, but continue to be inspired by his legacy”.
Canadian PM Justine Trudeau tweets: “Kofi Annan didn’t just talk about building a more just and peaceful world, he dedicated his life to doing it – and the world is a better place because of him. It’s now up to all of us to carry his work forward”.
The Russian President released a statement: “This remarkable man and great politician dedicated many years of his life to serving the United Nations. He served at the helm of the UN during a complicated period and did a great deal to achieve the goals and tasks of the Organisation, enhancing its central role in global affairs.
Especially significant was his personal contribution to building up the peacemaking potential of the UN and settling a number of regional conflicts.
Please relate my words of heartfelt sympathy and support to Mr Annan’s family and friends, the staff of the UN Secretariat, and the government and people of Ghana”.
Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, tweets: “I join the voices of thousands to mourn the passing of Kofi Annan and offer my deepest condolences to his wife Nane and his family. We have lost an inspiring leader, a man of warmth and compassion, a resounding voice for justice and peace”.
Billionaire businessman Richard Branson tweeted “Incredibly sad day to wake up to the news that the wonderful Kofi Annan is no longer with us – he was an extraordinary individual who committed his life to guiding the world to a better place”.
George Sorros tweeted “The world has lost a great man in Kofi Annan. I will miss him”.
Ghana Football star Andre Ayew tweets: “Incredibly sad day to wake up to the news that the wonderful Kofi Annan is no longer with us – he was an extraordinary individual who committed his life to guiding the world to a better place”.
“At my tender age, to be frank, we thought Kofi Annan was Africa’s President. Rest easy our president”, tweeted a Kenyan Danns Obari.
Archbishop of Canterbury tweets: “Kofi Annan set an example of reconciliation, leadership, integrity and service, underpinned by deep Christian faith. We remember him in prayers of great gratitude. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God (Matthew 5:9)”.
Mr. Annan died early on Saturday according to a statement released by the Kofi Annan Foundation. He was born in 1938 in the British Colony of Gold Coast, now Ghana.
He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001. Mr. Annan was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007.