Members of Parliament have eulogized the memories of former United Nations’ Secretary-General, Busumuru Kofi Annan, describing him as the diplomat’s diplomat.
According to the House, Mr. Annan who assumed office when the UN was going through serious turbulence and had fractured relationship with its host country managed to, at the end of his term, reposition the organization, restored and stabilized relations with many prominent member states.
Majority leader and member for Suame Constituency, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who in a statement, kicked off tribute to the former UN boss noted that as the first black African Secretary-General, Kofi Annan was a breaker of barriers and a guiding force for goodness in humanity who played critical roles in key events in the last two decades to create a more peaceful, humane and just society.
Kofi Annan, he said, led the UN to unveil bold strategic imperatives with profound positive impact on many lives in many countries.
According to him, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo were all saved by Kofi Annan.
According to him, under Kofi Annan the UN was so successful that in 2001 the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly bestowed on him and the UN.
“However, there were few catastrophic events that occurred during his tenure: the genocide in Rwanda that claimed close to 800,000 lives; the massacre in former Yugoslavia that claimed about 8,000 lives and the secrecy about some peace keepers engaging in sexual exploitation of war victims.”
The Majority leader noted that since leaving office, Mr. Annan committed his energies to partnering with groups of leaders working for peace and human rights called Elders who achieved quite a lot for humanity.
He noted that it was during his retirement that Kofi Annan helped to resolve the post-election violence in Kenya and brokered the conduct of peaceful elections in Nigeria and many other countries.
Hon. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stressed that in the pantheon of Secretaries-General of the UN, H.E. Kofi Annan, stands tall and is appropriately remembered as a great leader and reformer of the United Nations.
The Minority leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrissu, in his tribute noted that Kofi Annan calmed the world with extraordinary decency and civility and stressed that the world would forever, as it remains committed to fighting to eradicate poverty, remember the good initiatives of Kofi Annan on the introduction and adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the UN in 2000.
Mr. Annan, he said, got global commitment by foreign governments and heads of states, including Ghana, to work towards the eradication of poverty.
“In the last two decades in Ghana, we have worked considerably in ameliorating and reducing poverty.”
In his contribution, MP for Pru East, the Hon. Kwabena Donkor stated that Kofi Annan never lost or denied his Ghanaian identity and indeed even kept his Ghanaian accent despite staying outside the country for over 30 years.
According to him, the former UN boss was not a hypocrite and readily admitted challenges the UN went through while he was Secretary-General.
The legacy of Busumuru Kofi Annan, he said, should be an inspiration for the youth of Ghana because his vast successes and achievements came by dint of hard work and not by privileges of wealth or birth.
MP for Bimbilla, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, in his tribute, noted that Kofi Annan was the first to come up the ranks of the UN to become Secretary-General and led the UN Peacekeeping Operations before he became head of the world body.
“He did not allow himself or the UN to be overcomed by the barbaric war crimes in Rwanda and Bosnia that bedeviled the world when he was appointed to head the organization.”
Kofi Annan, he said, left a legacy of peacekeeping for the world and transformed the UN to the extent of saying without peace in this world the UN would have failed its mandate.
Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembele who also contributed to the statement argued that the award of the Nobel Price for Peace to Kofi Annan speaks volumes of the work he did at the UN.
According to him, Kofi Annan was appointed at a time when the world was in crises with many member states refusing to honour dues payments citing bureaucracy and waste.
The new Secretary-General, he said, initiated and championed reforms that brought back confidence in the world body and eventually led to the UN restoring its credibility among its members.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org