Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan passed away four years ago today. Annan was raised in Kumasi, Ghana, where he was born on April 8, 1938. On August 18, 2018, he passed away at age 80.
A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, he served as the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was devoted to global harmony, fairness, and equality.
The role of the Ghanaian hero as mediator in the post-election controversy in Kenya is what will be most remembered about him in retrospect. The success of his efforts prevented chaos in Kenya after the contested election of 2007.
Through his efforts, the late Mwai Kibaki was elected president, and ODM leader Raila Odinga was appointed to the position of prime minister. Over a thousand lives were lost over the two months of unrest that followed.
Ironically, Kenya is going through a nearly identical political predicament, pitting Raila against President-elect William Ruto on the fourth anniversary of Annan's death.
Although Ruto was officially declared the winner of the general election on August 9, his opponent Raila challenged the results, claiming that there were irregularities in the vote count. He intends to challenge Ruto's victory all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Annan mediated the Kenyan issue after he oversaw the implementation of an International Court of Justice ruling in 2006 that ended a dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi peninsula. Several world leaders flocked to Twitter on Thursday to pay tribute to the legendary peacemaker.
"Today marks the second anniversary of Kofi Annan's passing as UN Secretary General, and his legacy is being honored. Everyone can take a lesson from Kofi Annan's experience and leadership, "Attorney Ashish Vivek Merukar stated."
On Thursday, it will be four years since the world lost Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations and a man universally admired as a force for good. In honor of his memory, now and always, "a report from the United Nations."
The Kofi Annan Foundation, established in his honor, works to create more just and peaceful communities all throughout the world.
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