What world leaders are saying about Ghana’s Kofi Annan
Tributes keep pouring in thick and fast from leaders across the globe after the death of former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan took the world by storm.
The former UN Chief died peacefully on Saturday 18th August 2018, the family said.
Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. He was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations (UN) staff to serve as the Secretary-General.
We captured below how some world leaders and institutions saw him.
Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family. pic.twitter.com/P0SWagShJM— Theresa May (@theresa_may) August 18, 2018
TB: I’m shocked and distressed to hear the news about Kofi. He was a good friend whom I saw only weeks ago. Kofi Annan was a great diplomat, a true statesman and a wonderful colleague who was widely respected and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to Nane and his family— Tony Blair Institute (@InstituteGC) August 18, 2018
Kofi Annan, former @UN Secretary General's indelible contributions to humanity will not be forgotten. He was a global statesman deeply committed to a fairer & more peaceful world. My condolences to his family & people of Ghana. He will be sorely missed.https://t.co/DGoccgpOEx— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 18, 2018
Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all. https://t.co/psJ9viPIeu pic.twitter.com/SKfBk5zaY2— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 18, 2018
I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Kofi Annan. His decease is a great loss for peace and freedom in the world. In Catalonia we will always remember his call for dialogue and negotiation with Spain through @TheElders pic.twitter.com/IW011tOf38— Carles Puigdemont ???? (@KRLS) August 18, 2018
The Government and people of Ghana, First Lady Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Berne, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr. Kofi Annan. 1/7— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) August 18, 2018
"Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family." - PM @Theresa_May— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) August 18, 2018
Former U.N. Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has passed at age 80. The world needs visionaries of peace more than ever, and his life is an example of the possible. Thank you for your service to us all, sir. Rest now, in peace.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 18, 2018
"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing." - @antonioguterres— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) August 18, 2018
Former @UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday, 18 August. Statement: https://t.co/YkcMqTk0qI pic.twitter.com/DdYbVW6MT5
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kofi Annan. One of the true global leaders of our age. A man of courage, wisdom and friendship. I’m honored to have had the privilege of working for him. pic.twitter.com/a9pTv0cdF1— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) August 18, 2018