President Akufo-Addo has said no amount of words will be adequate to capture the fullness of the personality of the late Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
He was speaking on Thursday, September 13, at the state funeral of the former UN chief who died on August 18, 2018, in Switzerland after a short illness.
In a glowing tribute on behalf of himself and the country, President Akufo-Addo said Annan, as the seventh and first black African Secretary-General of the United Nations, brought considerable renown to Ghana.
“Indeed, the outpouring of tribute from the world over is an accurate measure of the man, the man who gave his life to making peace where there was conflict, defending the voiceless who were powerless, to promoting virtue where there was evil,” said President Akufo-Addo said.
He added: “Despite the unjustified attacks on him, trying to fix him with responsibility of the genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica, when he was head of UN Peace Operations, he never lost his moral compass as he showed, when he stood up to the might of the United States of America when she was embarking on her ill-fated intervention in Iraq.
“Kofi Annan’s epic but unavailing effort to establish the supremacy of international law over the actions of even the world’s greatest power won him the admiration of all right-thinking person. He’s been vindicated by his strength.”