- Bukola Saraki expresses sadness over the death of Kofi Annan, an ex-secretary general of the UN
- Saraki notes that the late Annan was God-sent to Africa and the world
- The Senate president describes Annan's death as a loss to Africa
Bukola Saraki, the president of the Nigerian Senate, on Saturday, August 18, joined world leaders to mourn Kofi Annan, the late former secretary general of the United Nations (UN) describing him as sent by God.
Saraki noted that the late Annan lived and worked with dignity, finesse, admirable restraint and wisdom.
“Annan was an African avatar and God’s messenger of peace to the world. His demise is a huge loss to the international community and to humanity. Africa has indeed lost one of her best. He shall be sorely missed,” Saraki said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja.
Stressing that Annan’s death marked the end of a golden era in global politics and international relations, Saraki added: “Late Annan deployed his vast capacities to tackle intractable global challenges ranging from hunger, conflict, epidemic and restoration of peace in war-torn countries.”
Saraki also recalled that developing nations benefitted immensely from the humanitarian efforts of the late Annan while he was alive.
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Saraki said he commiserated with the wife and children of the deceased, the government and people of Ghana, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and the diplomatic community over the incident.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Kofi Annan was dead.
Kofi Annan is said to have died at the age of 80 in the early hours of Saturday, August 18, in Switzerland.
Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, 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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