Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan laid to rest in Ghana

Nane Maria, the widow of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, stands in front of his coffin at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Annan was laid to rest on Thursday in Accra PHOTO COURTESY

Former UN secretary General Kofi Annan has been laid to rest in Accra Ghana in a state Funeral attended by Kenyan Leaders, African Leaders and international statesmen.

The current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who was among the dignitaries in attendance, hailed Annan as an exceptional global leader who had  deep faith in the role of the United Nations as a force for good.

Annan was the first black African to become the U.N. leader, serving as the seventh UN Secretary-General between 1997 and 2006.

His casket has been laid at the Accra International Conference Center for two days, where members of the public and dignitaries paid their last respects.

Kenyans will remember him as a Hero, after he mediated for peace during the 2007/2008 general election Violence.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and  Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula were amongst more than 6000 mourner’s in attendance.

Annan died on 18th August in Berne, Switzerland at age 80.