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Tributes Pour In For Late Ex-UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan


Leaders from across the world are paying tributes to the late former Secretary General to the United Nations [UN], Mr. Kofi Anna, among whom is the current UN top man, António Guterres.

In a statement by the Secretary-General on the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Guterres said:

“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.

“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership.

“He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone.

“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.

“In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all of us.

“My heartfelt condolences to Nane Annan, their beloved family, and all who mourn the loss of this proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Guterres wrote:

Other are the wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki:

Former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd:

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi:

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern:

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana:

Leader of the Labour Party, United Kingdom, Jeremy Corbyn:

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed:

Two-time Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Senior Advisor LazardLtd; Board Chair Gavi; Board Member ARCapacity and Twitter, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala:

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan:

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