President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his deepest sympathy to the people and government of Ghana over the death of former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in the early hours of Saturday 18th August, 2018.
Femi Adesina, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed that the President has spoken to the President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo from London.
Considering the strategic influence of the former Secretary of the United Nations to global affairs and his commitment to repositioning the West Africa Sub Region, Buhari, told the Ghanaian President that all Nigerians and ECOWAS member countries share in the deep loss.
As the first elected staff of the United Nations to lead the world organisation and first African to win the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations, the President noted that Annan’s humility, nobility and love for humanity set him apart for global greatness, achieving recognition and commendation for the reform of the United Nations’ bureaucracy and multiple interventions to bring peace to the world.
He noted that Annan exceptional leadership roles, humanitarian spirit and contributions to global peace and development will forever be remembered and appreciated in history as indelible, especially his efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa and launch of the UN Global Compact.
The President also sent condolences to the wife of the diplomat, Nane Maria Annan and his family members, staff of the United Nations and the global organisations he was heading, like The Elders, which was founded by Nelson Mandela.
Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will comfort his family and all his loved ones.