World Leaders bid Kofi Annan Farewell as He is Laid To Rest

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres joined a score of world leaders for the final funeral rites of the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

The late Annan, the seventh occupant of the UN top post has since been buried at a recently built Military Cemetery where he was given a 17 Gun Salute, one of the highest honours.

Mr Annan’s long time friend, UNCHR Lifetime Ambassador and World-Renowned Soloist, Barbara Hendricks performed “Oh Freedom” to a solemn service presided over by the head of the Anglican Church in West Africa.

Tributes by the children, wife, family, the United Nations and the Republic of Ghana eulogised the man described by many as a global citizen.

Current UN boss, Antonio Guterres said the late Mr Annan touched the hearts of many around the world through his work as a diplomat, peace keeper and peace maker.

President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo described Mr Annan as a quintessential diplomat whose works dignified his native country and his memories would be cherished for many years to come.

Leaders of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote D’ivoire, Zimbabwe , were present while Norway, the Netherlands and several other countries  sent high-powered delegations.

Mr Annan died in Bern, Switzerland at age 80.

He worked for the UN for almost 40 years, becoming its head in 2001.