World hails Kofi Annan at funeral

By Gifty
Amofa/Grace Princess Tarwo, GNA

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA – The global community on
Thursday September 13, hailed Mr Kofi Atta Annan, a former Secretary-General of
the United Nations (UN) at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) for
his 43 years of humanitarian service at the UN.

Kind words were poured out for the Peace icon,
not only from the corridors of Ghana, but also Cameroon, Nigeria, Japan,
Germany and Senegal, among other mourners, from all walks of life.

Others also used artistic works, played and
sang dirges, distributed Gospel tracts on peace and many more to portray the
personality of the former UN Secretary General.

He did not only bring peace to the world but
also brought the UN to the door step of all manner of persons during his tenure
of office, said Madam Doris Gonyoe, a Ghanaian mourner.

“I am proud of him and he should be hailed for
his contribution and the status he attained as a Ghanaian, he is my role
model,” she told the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

Mr Sidique Hamza, a Nigerian and a member of
the “Ba Zooka-Fuji-Band Organisation,” a cultural ensemble said, he and his
group had come to pay their tribute to what he described as “the father of the

Mr Prince Divine Akere ’Nwei, a Cameroonian,
described Kofi Annan as a great man, “who served Africans exceedingly well and
it is a pride to all Africans and the world”.

“He is a gift to humanity who fought for the
rights of the oppressed to bring peace to the whole world,” he noted, saying,
“Ghana should be proud of him as well as Africans and the world. His legacy of
peace would always be remembered.

Mr Maxwell Antwi, the artist, who also did a
portrait of the Former Secretary-General, said it was his last respect to the
fallen giant and that the work would be donated to the Kofi Annan’s Foundation.


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