Just in: Buhari mourns Kofi Annan, says late UN scribe was set apart for global greatness

Just in: Buhari mourns Kofi Annan, says late UN scribe was set apart for global greatness

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the demise of the seventh secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan on Saturday, August 18.

The president who called his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Akufo-Addo, from London said all Nigerians and ECOWAS member countries share in the deep loss of the former UN scribe.

He said Annan's time on earth was filled with strategic influence in global affairs and the UN scribes vision for the repositioning of the West Coast and Africa.

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A statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity shortly after Annan's demise said the late UN scribe's nobility and love for humanity set him apart for global greatness.

He said the late UNSG achieved recognition and commendation for the reform of the United Nations' bureaucracy and multiple interventions towards bringing peace to the world

The statement said: "President Buhari said Annan’s origin and home will always be traced to Ghana, but his exceptional leadership roles, humanitarian spirit and contributions to global peace and development will remain indelible in the history of the entire world, especially the efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa and launch of the UN Global Compact."

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"The President sent condolences to the wife of the diplomat, Nane Maria Annan and his family members, staff of the United Nations and the global organisations he was heading, like The Elders, which was founded by Nelson Mandela.

President Buhari prays that the almighty God will comfort his family and all his loved ones," it said.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Annan died in the early hours of Saturday, August 18 at the age of 80.

His family in a statement said the Ghana born humanitarian died after a brief illness in Switzerland.

Annan served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff.

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