General News of Sat, 8 Sep 201823
God saved Kofi Annan from local politics - Rev Asamoah-Gyadu
President of Trinity Theological Seminary, Rev. Prof. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu is certain God has a hand in former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan's decision not to get involved in Ghanaian politics.
At a remembrance ceremony organized by the University Ghana in Kofi Annan’s memory on Friday, September 7, 2018, Rev Asamoah-Gyadu reemphasized the contrast between the former UN General Secretary’s humble disposition and the culture of violence and insults Ghana’s politics has come to be known for.
“In this colossus of a human being, Ghana has been honoured with the legacy of a great man. Kofi Annan was a man of solid worth.
“His calm demeanour, decency, composure in public speaking, and wisdom in articulating the most complex of socio-economic and political issues in simple language with unsophisticated vocabulary, devoid of insults and cynicism, appealed to all well-meaning persons who encountered him,” he stated.
He noted that Kofi Annan’s hard earned reputation would have been destroyed if he got involved in Ghanaian politics.
“If such a one had gotten actively involved in local Ghanaian politics, we would have run him down with insults of unprintable category and destroyed his reputation,” the man of God warned in retrospect.
"God saved him from that," he added.
Rev Asamoah-Gyadu noted that many of the titles conferred on the former UN Secretary General in his lifetime were indications of his selflessness, contributions to humanity and the promotion of peace around the world
“The man’s whose memory we celebrate today accumulated unsolicited accolades ranging from that which were conferred on him by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II to honorary degrees from some of the Ivy League Universities of this world is testimony to the fact that we had in Kofi Annan no ordinary mortal and about whom we shall continue to speak and write for years to come.”
He further expressed his disappointment in some public figures including pastors, who unlike Kofi Annan “clamour for undeserved and dubious ecclesia honours to make up for the shortfalls that they feel in their own personal worlds”.