Government expresses appreciation for support received during burial of Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan’s state funeral in Ghana

Draped in Ghana's red, green and gold flag, his coffin was guarded by senior military officers in ceremonial uniform at the Accra International Conference Centre.

President Akufo-Addo added that Mr. Annan was enthused about his Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Old boys of Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, where the former UN Secretary-General had his secondary education and completed in 1957 also brought a lot of emotions to the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre.

Royalty included Princess Beatrix, the former queen of the Netherlands, and her daughter-in-law Princess Mabel, who were close friends.

Amid drumming, dancing and the performance of other rituals, tradition and culture took centre stage on the second day of the state funeral.

In a statement signed by Information Minister Designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, government applauded the efforts of the citizenry and members of the worldwide community throughout the three-day funeral rites held in honor of the global icon.

The former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General died over three weeks ago while in Switzerland.

Mr Annan's maternal grandfather is from Akwamu while the father is from the Ashanti Region.

Members of the MOBA, ranging from classmates of Mr Annan to the present generation, sang a rendition of the school anthem to the admiration of the gathering. The world has lost a standard-bearer of global cooperation.

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Nane Maria, the widow of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness.

Now retired and back living in Ghana, he said Annan had taught him "the benefit of humility, the benefit of honesty, the benefit of decisiveness, and diplomacy from the grassroots".

She expressed sadness at his passing but praised the late diplomat for his huge service to humanity.

"But we are grateful that God used him over the years to work for humanity, for peace".

Giving the significance of the sword, he said, it was fitting that Mr Annan became the first to be granted the title since the foundation of the Asante kingdom.

Guterres concluded: "As we face the headwinds of our troubled and turbulent times, let us always be inspired by the legacy of Kofi Annan - and guided by the knowledge that he will continue speaking to us, urging us on towards the goals to which he dedicated his life and truly moved our world".

"Stubborn optimist that he was, he would want us all to look forward with hope and keep striving to create a freer, fairer and more peaceful world".

A video of one of Kofi Annan's daughters shedding tears after seeing the mortal remains of her late father could just be the saddest thing you see today.

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