In his statement, as reported by AFP and Reuters on Saturday (08/18/2018), President Akufo-Addo praised the late Annan as a perfect international diplomat. He also called Annan ‘one of the greatest countrymen’.
In his instructions, President Akufo-Addo set a period of national mourning for one week, starting on Monday (8/20).
He also ordered that half-mast flags be flown throughout the territory of Ghana and that all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions during the mourning period were put into effect.
“The perfect international diplomat and formerly respected Secretary General of the United Nations (UN Secretary-General), Mr. Kofi Annan is the first of sub-Saharan Africans to occupy this noble position,” President Akufo-Addo said in a statement.
“He brought great fame to our country with this position and through its actions and behavior in the global arena,” he added.
“He is someone who strongly believes in the capacity of the citizens of Ghana to make their own way in the path of progress and prosperity,” said Akufo-Addo President.
The Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, previously announced Annan died at the age of 80 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday (8/18) morning local time. He is called suffering from sudden illness. It was known that after retirement, Annan lived in a village on the outskirts of Switzerland with his family. He left a wife named Nane and three children.
Annan, who was born in Kumasi, Ghana on April 8, 1938, studied at Ghana and Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, United States (US). He joined the United Nations in 1962 as a lower level employee at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. At that time, Annan thought he had only briefly worked at the UN, but apparently spent almost his entire life serving the world peace agency.
Annan served as the 7th UN Secretary General for two periods, from 1997-2006.