Kofi Annan defended The Voiceless In Society – Nana Addo
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
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.
According to President Akufo-Addo, 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. Adding that he’s been vindicated by the high strength of him.
Kofi Annan died on August 18, 2018 in Switzerland at the age of 80 after a short illness. Several dignitaries including world leaders and the current UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, were at the funeral service to pay their last respect to the late statesman.
His funeral service arrangement was slated for 3 days after the body arrived in the country on monday which was received by President of the Republic of Ghana.