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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 17, 1996 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan of Ghana speaks to the General Assembly of the United Nations.<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 / STAN HONDA

The governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has described Kofi Anan as Africa’s gift to the world.

“As Secretary General of the United Nations, the second African but the first black man to hold that position, Anan was the perfect advertisement copy of the African heritage of diligence, resilience, brilliance, humaneness and all the virtues that make up impeccable character,” Dankwambo said in a tribute.

According to the governor, under Annan’s watch, “the world witnessed but survived terrible wars, violent disagreements and catastrophic disasters. He managed all with uncommon grace and unparalleled brilliance.

“The Nobel Peace Prize awarded Anan and the UN he headed was testimony to his place in history as the man, who diligently tended the world as a sacred garden, saved it from the ravages of unreason and made it a better place for all.

Out of office, he remained committed to the welfare of all humanity and dedicated himself to providing joy for those in distress, irrespective of their colour or creed, hope for the hopeless and a future for those whose present circumstances would have made a mess of their tomorrow.

“He was the international servant, who went beyond the call of duty to truly serve humanity.

Africa has lost one of its most illustrious sons. Humanity has lost perhaps its most diligent and masterly tending hands. May Kofi Anan’s soul rest in peace.”



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