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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 29, 2008 Former UN Chief Kofi Annan (C) pauses as he and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga (not pictured) participate in the first formal dialogue in Nairobi since the widely-contested December 27 election.<br />Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died on August 18, 2018 after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced. "It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness," the foundation said in a statement. / AFP PHOTO / Simon MAINA

Former National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Kayode Ajulo has condoled with the world and the entire diplomatic family over the death of erstwhile Secretary General of United Nations (UN), Mr. Kofi Annan.

In a condolence message, yesterday, Ajulo said one of Annan’s greatest quotes, which became his mantra came to mind: “If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.”

He said the quote propelled him to think of the dignity of the human race and the rights of every man, which should never be denied.

He described Annan as a man that had the people at heart, and that this cut across all the people of the world.

He said:“He was a man who promoted world peace and his life has been an inspiration to me.

Indeed, the world has lost one of its finest diplomats, who will be remembered for reshaping and vitalising the UN, giving priority to Human Rights, fighting for the control of the spread of HIV in Africa and his declared opposition to terrorism.

“Being the first real black African Secretary-General of the UN, he set a pace at the forefront for Africans and we can only hope to keep up and maintain his stance.

“Kofi Annan, through his foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, has left a legacy, which leaves its indelible marks on the shores of history.”



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