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(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012 UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva.<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 / Fabrice COFFRINI

The Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has commiserated with Ghana and family of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and celebrated diplomat, over his passing at the age of 80.

In a statement, Obaseki said Annan was a shining light of the African continent, who strode like a colossus in the diplomatic community and worked tirelessly for a peaceful and fair world.

He said: “I received the news of the passing of Kofi Annan with a heavy heart.

He lived a noble, courageous life and was an example of excellence in public service.

From his humble beginning in Ghana, Annan grew to conquer the world, displaying an expert understanding of the world’s complexities and working to entrench respect for human rights in the UN system. I commend his impact on global peace.”

He noted that Annan lived a life that was not only worth celebrating, but also portrayed a commitment to “service and a rare grace that marked his various engagements at the UN, while he led the global body.”

The governor urged youths to toe the path of the statesman and global icon, noting that the virtues portrayed by Annan while he lived, would not only stand young people out, but also set them on the path of success in their chosen careers.



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