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World leaders pay tribute to Kofi Annan

LEGACY: Those making tributes to Kofi Annan have spoken about how he inspired generations

KOFI ANNAN, the UN’s first black secretary-general died in hospital in Geneva aged 80 yesterday (August 18) following a short illness.

Leaders around the world have been conveying their feelings on the news of Annan’s death and his undeniable legacy. Here are some of the tributes that have been paid to him so far.

The Elders, the group of elite former world leaders that Annan chaired, released a statement expressing their deep sadness at his passing. The said the world had lost an inspiring figure and offered their condolences to Annan’s family

Gro Harlem Brundtland, deputy chair of The Elders, said: “We are devastated at the loss of our dear friend and fellow Elder. Kofi was a strong and inspiring presence to us all, and The Elders would not be where it is today without his leadership. Throughout his life, Kofi worked unceasingly to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. While we mourn his passing today, we resolve as Elders to continue to uphold his values and legacy into the future.”

Former president of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, wrote on Twitter that Annan was a proud son of Ghana and Africa.

Former US president Barack Obama released the following statement on Annan’s passing.

“Kofi Annan was a diplomat and humanitarian who embodied the mission of the United Nations like few others. His integrity, persistence, optimism, and sense of our common humanity always informed his outreach to the community of nations. Long after he had broken barriers, Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world, and made time to motivate and inspire the next generation of leaders. Michelle and I offer our condolences to his family and many loved ones.”
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights, said he is grief-stricken over the death of Annan.

Prime minister Theresa May said she was sad to hear of Annan’s death and described him as a great leader.

António Guterres, the current secretary-general of the United Nations called Annan a “guiding force for good”.

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