Kofi Annan
Senate President Bukola Saraki at the burial ceremony of Kofi Annan. AFP

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ex-military head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar and Senate President Bukola Saraki were among the leaders who paid final respect to Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, in Ghana on Thursday.

Annan died after a brief illness in Switzerland on August 18. He was aged of 80.

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Antonio Guterres, current UN secretary-general described Annan as an exceptional leader who saw the UN as a force for good.

“As we face the headwinds of our troubled and turbulent times, let us always be inspired by the legacy of Kofi Annan. Our world needs it now more than ever,” he said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana described him as a peaceful man who gave his life to defend the voiceless.

“Kofi Annan brought considerable renown to Ghana as UN Secretary-General, and by his conduct and comportment in the global arena. He gave his life to making peace where there was conflict, to defending the voiceless who were powerless, to promoting virtue where there was evil,” he said.

In a tribute to the former diplomat, Nane Maria Annan, his wife, thanked Ghana for giving the world such an “extraordinary man”.

She said her husband had an irresistible aura of radiant warmth.

“His legacy would live on through his foundation and through all of us,” she said.