Thursday, 13 September 2018

Obasanjo, Abdulsalam, Saraki attend as world leaders bid farewell to Kofi Annan in Ghana (Photos)

The United Nations (UN) on Thursday paid final respects to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a state funeral attended by African leaders and international statesmen who hailed his record as an advocate for humanity and world peace.

Around 6,000 mourners packed the auditorium for Thursday’s official service - the climax of a multi-day funeral ceremony, which has seen his coffin, draped in the Ghanaian national colors, displayed for public viewing.

Current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was among the dignitaries in attendance, alongside former Ghanaian presidents, the leaders of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia and Niger, and the Crown Prince of Norway.

In an address, Guterres hailed Annan, who served as the seventh U.N. Secretary-General between 1997 and 2006, as an exceptional global leader with a deep faith in the role of the United Nations as a force for good.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the UN General Assembly would hold a commemorative meeting to pay tribute to the former Secretary-General on Friday, at the UN headquarters in New York.

Statements, a minute of silence and traditional African cultural performance are expected to be made in honour of the seventh UN scribe.

Nigeria's former leaders Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalam Abubukar and Senate President Bukola Saraki and wife Toyin, attended the burial ceremony.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana, on April 8, 1938, Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the UN, after Egyptian diplomat, Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali’s exit in December 1996, and served for two consecutive five-year terms, from January 1997 to December 2006.

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