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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed deep sorrow at the death of Ghana’s celebrated diplomat, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and has directed that the national flag should fly at half-mast for one week.
Beginning today, the national flag would fly at half-mast across the country and in all Ghana’s foreign missions, in honour of the late Annan, who died on Saturday in the Swiss capital, Bern, at the age of 80.
President Akufo-Addo, in a statement, said “the government and people of Ghana, First Lady Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Bern, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr Kofi Annan”.
“I extend, on behalf of the entire Ghanaian nation, our sincere, heartfelt condolences to his beloved widow, Nane Maria, and to his devoted children, Ama, Kojo and Nina, on this great loss.
“I am, however, comforted by the information, after speaking to Nane Maria, that he died peacefully in his sleep.
“Rest in perfect peace, Kofi. You have earned it. God bless.”
The statement said the late Kofi Annan was a consummate international diplomat who brought tremendous honour to the nation – serving as the first UN Chief from sub-Saharan Africa and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena.
“He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course onto the path of progress and prosperity.
“Undoubtedly, he excelled in the various undertakings of his life, leaving in his trail most pleasant memories,” it added.
Source: The Finder