Kofi Annan's immediate successor as Secretary-General to the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has said he had a mental shock when his immediate predecessor's death was announced to him
His family and the Kofi Annan Foundation said in a statement that the Nobel Peace Laureate, "passed away peacefully", after a "short illness".
The late U.N. Chief was buried at a military cemetery in his home country Accra,
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Class91.3FM's Executive Breakfast Show host Moro Awudu in New York on Friday, 21 September 2018 ahead of a scheduled memorial service to be held in honour of the late top diplomat at the UN headquarters, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said: "I had been guided by his wisdom and experience as Secretary-General of the UN, but first I had known him since 2001; way back when I was serving as Chief of Staff to the president of the General Assembly... when Korea was serving as president of the General Assembly".
"We had a very close relationship",
The eight U.N. Secretary-General said
"I was so shocked when I heard that he had passed away suddenly",
"I received the first news from the spokesman of the United Nations, and it was a total shock, in
He eulogised Mr. Annan as a great leader, saying: "I know that he is a monumental leader with a great vision, he's a man of humanity, he's a man of commitment, that's why all the world's people are grieving over his death and I wish all the people of Ghana [my condolences].
"He had been a very proud son of Ghana and the world, of course, so, Ghanaians should have all the reasons to be very proud of a dear son and may he rest in peace and eternity".
"I'm invited as his immediate successor" to the memorial service,
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