'Monumental leader' Kofi Annan's death gave me "mental shock" – Ban Ki-moon

By PrimeNewsGhana

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.

Kofi Annan died in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, 18 August 2018. He was 80.

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, Ghana, after a state funeral was held in his honour.

Mr. Annan won the Nobel Peace Prize for his far-reaching humanitarian work in 2001.

The Ghanaian diplomat was also the first black African to serve as U.N. Chief. He served two terms, from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006.

"I was so shocked when I heard that he had passed away suddenly", Mr. Ban Ki-moon said.

"I received the first news from the spokesman of the United Nations, and it was a total shock, in fact it affected me – sort of a mental shock; how come he left us so suddenly?"

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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".

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"I'm invited as his immediate successor" to the memorial service, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said, "And I'm honoured to say a few words. A few weeks ago, I wrote an obituary to the Time Magazine, which you might have seen; that's what I really wanted to say to the people of the world: Let us carry on the legacy of Kofi Annan for humanity, peace and development and I'm sure that the flame of his legacy will continue to burn in this world brighter and brighter".

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