General News of Mon, 20 Aug 201866
‘Don’t bury Kofi Annan abroad’ – Ade Coker
The Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress [NDC] Ade Coker has called for the late former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan to be buried in his home country, Ghana.
According to him, Mr. Kofi Annan’s burial place will serve as an important national memorial that could attract people to come to Ghana to learn more about him.
According to Mr. Ade Coker, the tributes pouring in for Mr. Kofi Annan from all over the world speak volumes of his greatness as a global statesman.
“I believe that we shouldn’t allow them to bury him in Switzerland. We should bring him here to this country. Great men are celebrated in this country, but we are yet to have a monument somewhere that will allow people pay pilgrimage to ask such as who is this gentleman, what did he do, what can we learn from him? The Asomdwee Park was supposed to be used for something like that, but we have all gone to sleep on it.”
“I don’t know where we are going to bury him, whether we bury him at the new Burma camp cemetery or we have to create somewhere for future leaders to be buried. Leaders will not live forever, and if you start burying them in different places, we defeat the whole concept of eulogizing our great leaders.” Mr. Ade Coker added.
Speaking on Citi TV’s Breakfast Daily show, Mr. Ade Coker also explained that the inability of the country to have a designated place of burying our leaders defeats the purpose of eulogizing their works.
He further called on Government to acknowledge and appreciate people who lead exemplary lives before they die.
Eulogizing the memory of Mr. Kofi Annan, Ade Coker said Kofi Annan played a vital role in ensuring world peace sustenance.
The former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan was reported to have died on Saturday after a short illness.
A source close to the family who confirmed the sad news to citinewsroom.com said Mr. Annan died this morning, Saturday, August 18, 2018, at a Hospital in the Swiss city of Bern.
He is reported to have fallen ill on his way back from South Africa (the Mandela centenary).
He was hospitalized in Geneva and later airlifted to the capital, Bern.
The 80-year old Ghanaian diplomat served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.
Government consulting Kofi Annan’s family over funeral plans
Minister of Information nominee, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the government is also in talks with the family over where Kofi Annan’s funeral will be held.
He said: “the State stands ready to provide all the support and the logistics that are required for whichever option agreed open.
Asomdwee park in ruins
Ghana’s first Presidential mausoleum and burial ground of Ghana’s late President John Evans Attah Mills, the Asomdwee park is currently in a deplorable state.
Checks showed that the park was no longer secure as the center’s security had been left in a sorry state and no longer a secured place at least befitting enough for former leaders worth celebrating.
The condition of the park and the late President’s tomb is nothing to write home about as some parts of the fencing protecting it have broken down.