ADB President, Adesina Mourns Kofi Anan

Dayo Emmmanuel

President of the African Development Bank(ADB), Akinwumi Adesina, has paid
tributes to the former Secretary General of the United Nations
Organisation, Dr. Kofi Anan, who passed on today.

In a release made available to National Wire Saturday, Adesina mourned the late diplomat who he reffered to as his mentor.

“It is with much sadness that I learnt today of the death of Mr. Kofi A. Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations,” he said.

The release reads further: “He was a great personal mentor and father to me. His simplicity, decency, uncommon humility, selflessness and compassion made him a gem for humanity.”

Adesina also stated that Anan was a distinguished gentilman and global icon. “A distinguished gentleman. He was a global icon and a man of peace who stood firmly in support of good governance and accountability for leaders.

“He was my boss as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), when I was the Vice President for AGRA. He had an
infectious passion for ending hunger and poverty in Africa. He greatly
supported me when I was Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, when he
served as a member of the Eminent Persons Group that helped to support
the transformation of agriculture in Nigeria.

“He energetically co-Chaired the High-level Panel of global leaders to
support the African Development Bank in its efforts to accelerate
Africa’s development.
As U.N. Secretary General and throughout a distinguished career, Mr.
Annan made Africa stand tall globally. Africa has lost a great gem,”
he said.

Concluding, Adesina said, “I will greatly miss him and his rich words
of wisdom. May his soul rest in peace.”

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