Africa, world pays tribute to a diplomat par excellence
By Tajudeen Hamzat
Tributes have continued to pour in following the death of the first Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation to emerge from sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Kofi Annan, with many commentators affirming that his passage is indeed a great loss to the continent.
Hailing from the West African nation of Ghana, Annan died peacefully in his home in Ghana, surrounded by close family members.
And as is to be expected, the gale of tributes have poured in from literally every part of the world for the much decorated diplomat par excellence, who among other plaudits, had taken home a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
Among other responses and in fitting appreciation of Annan’s chequered legacy of service to Ghana and Africa, his home President, Nana Akufo Addo has ordered that all flags fly at half mast all across Ghana for the next one week. The UN flag is also flying at half-mast at its headquarters in New York/
Other messages have come from UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria,former President Barack Obama of America, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Vladimar Putin of Russia, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May and incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
Mr. Annan served as UN Secretary General from 1997 to 2006.
He will be sorely missed.