Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, August 18, described late Kofi Annan, a former secretary general of the United Nations (UN), as one who managed contending powers in the international organisation.
Jonathan said he was saddened by the death of Kofi Annan, who he called an international public servant and one of Africa’s prominent diplomats.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Kofi Annan, a world renowned icon of peace and diplomacy. He was a distinguished and accomplished international public servant and one of Africa’s most prominent diplomats.
“As the United Nations secretary-general, Annan introduced far-reaching reforms that reinvigorated the UN systems and positively impacted international relations.
“A consummate diplomat, Annan successfully managed the contending powers in the UN and stood firmly for development, human rights and a peaceful world; a commitment that earned him the Nobel Peace prize.
“Even after leaving active service, Annan remained robustly engaged in promoting good governance, diplomacy, mediation, and humanitarian services.
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“His demise is a sad loss to Africa and the world,” he said in a personally signed statement.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that 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.
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