Kofi Annan has served humanity with distinction – Asantehene

By Lydia
Kukua Asamoah/Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 12, GNA – Kofi Annan was ‘an
embodiment of peace, an indispensable world leader, and a moral compass of the
world,’ Asantehene Osei Tutu II, has stated, on Wednesday.

In a tribute read, on his behalf by Daasebre
Dr Osei Bonsu II, Omanhene of Asante-Mampong, in honour of Ghana’s illustrious
son, the Asanteman said he received the news of the demise of Kofi Annan with

Busumuru Kofi Annan was a source of
inspiration not only to Ghanaians, but the rest of the world and a great
advocate of peace, security, human rights, rule of law and a consummate
mediator, he stated.

“Busumuru touched many lives with his
graciousness, charisma and commitment to the pursuit of worthy causes, crying
for global attention, he stated.

“I, therefore, recall vividly my pride on
hearing that Kofi Annan and the United Nations had been rewarded 2001 Noble
Peace Prize on the centenary anniversary of that prestigious Award.”

He explained that it was that award, which was
in recognition of Kofi Annan’s humility, selflessness and great contribution to
humanity and promotion of peace, which made the Asante Kingdom to confer on him
the title “Busumuru”, meaning the son of the Golden Stool-an embodiment of the
soul of Asanteman.

Busumuru is the name of the golden sword used
by Asante Kings to swear allegiance to the Asante Kingdom on their coronation,
thus, Kofi Annan made history in 2002 to be the first person to be granted that
prestigious title.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu acknowledged the
contribution of Kofi Annan, noting that, even after his retirement from active
service as the UN Chief, “the global peace icon” led the UN Commission to
negotiate peace talks in Syria and many war-torn countries.

He also mentioned organisations that Kofi
Annan established to promote peace and betterment of the vulnerable across the
globe, including the Kofi Annan Foundation, Africa Progress Panel, Global Commission
on Elections, Democracy and Security and Alliance for Green Revolution in

“Busumuru continued to use diplomacy and
advocacy to espouse causes beneficial to the world in variety of fields with
great passion and dedication and became an indispensable world leader and moral
compass of the world,” he stated.

Mr Annan passed away peacefully on August 18,
2018 in the Swiss city of Bern after a brief illness.

He was aged 80.

He was the UN Secretary-General from January
1997 to 2006, leading a number of reforms at the global body.

He successfully negotiated peace deals in many
countries plagued with conflicts and wars.

In 2001, he was co-recipient of the Noble
Peace Price with the UN.

Upon his retirement from UN, he was appointed
as a special envoy to Syria and led UN Commission to negotiate for peace during
the Rohingya crisis in September 2016.

He was survived by a wife, Nane Maria
Lagergren, and three children, Kojo, Ama and Nina.


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