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
As U.N. Secretary General and throughout a distinguished career, Mr.
Annan made Africa stand tall globally. Africa has lost a great gem,”
Concluding, Adesina said, “I will greatly miss him and his rich words
of wisdom. May his soul rest in peace.”