This week, Ghana’s gift to the world and an advocate of world peace would be laid to rest.
The humanitarian of our time Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner will forever be missed by the world.
A man of immense courage and integrity, right up until the end of his life he seeks to use his influence and enormous powers of persuasion to help rid the world of poverty, injustice and disease. A dream we will hopefully make a reality one day.
Above his searchings,Mr Annan wishes for a peaceful world devoid of conflicts and wars be it within nations or inter nations.
In areas where he fell short of his expectations he takes responsibilities and rallies the world leaders to support him for a better peaceful world.
On the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Mr. Kofi Annan acknowledged his shortcomings in a speech saying.
“I myself, as head of the UN’s peacekeeping department at the time, pressed dozens of countries for troops,” he said in 2004. “I believed at that time that I was doing my best.
“But I realised after the genocide that there was more that I could, and should, have done to sound the alarm and rally support. This painful memory, along with that of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has influenced much of my thinking, and many of my actions, as secretary-general.”
What could be most profound of his quest in search of a peaceful world is his efforts to intervene in the Kenya’s post election violence, taking a cue from the Rwanda genocide of not being proactive.
He noted ‘’ I will not leave Kenya until peace is found’’, and indeed he brought everlasting peace to Kenya of which they are very grateful.
In 2007, he launched a foundation bearing his name, which aimed to find fresh ways to resolve conflict, promote youth leadership and build lasting peace. His foundation has influenced dozens of world leaders and rehabilitated countless countries. Yes, a Ghanaian did that. We should be proud.
The New York Times touching the legacies of Mr. Kofi Annan shortly after his death stated among others that …
“Mr. Annan was a global leader for peace who embodied the values of the United Nations. He was also very kind and caring, and he treated all equally, whether they were kings or refugees,”
The world has truly lost a key leader of our time, a tireless peacemaker and a great defender of humanist values.
Kofi Annan is truly peace and peace is Kofi Annan.
REST IN YOUR PEACE, NOBLE LAUREATE!!!