Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday described late former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan as a global statesman, who dedicated his life to equity, justice, stability, security, human rights and other virtues that promote world peace.
Annan, who was a former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), died on Saturday at the age of 80 years in a Swiss hospital.
Obasanjo in a statement issued in Abeokuta in reaction to the death of Annan, said he received the news with sadness and shock.
He noted that Annan’s lifestyle and qualities were responsible for his appointment as the UN Secretary General in 1997 as well as the Nobel Peace Price he won in 2001.
“I received the shocking news of the demise of former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, with deep sadness as the loss of a brother and friend.
“I commiserate with the Annan family, particularly the Late Annan’s widow, Nane Maria and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina.
“I equally commiserate with the government and people of Ghana; the Secretary-General and staff of the United Nations and indeed all lovers of peace and progress across the world, on this great loss,” he said.