President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Ghana over the passing of former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in the early hours of Saturday. Nigeria News site The punch reports
A statement from the Kofi Annan Foundation said the former UN chief passed away early Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness.
Kofi Atta Annan, was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 08 April 1938, and best known for his diplomatic career, having served as the seventh United Nations Secretary General, from January 1997 to December 2006, the first Secretary General to be elected from the ranks of the UN, where he had worked in various capacities since 1962.
During his two-term service as Secretary-General, one of Mr. Annan’s main priorities and accomplishment was reform of the UN aimed at revitalizing it and making the international system more effective.
He was an unrelenting advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa, and sought to bring the Organization closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.