The flag at UN headquarters in New York is flying at half-mast on as the intergovernmental organisation marks the death of one of its former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Officials from across the UN system have been paying tribute to the man who led the global body for a decade, starting in January 1997.
President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the government and people of Ghana over the death, Buhari, who called Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, said all Nigerians and ECOWAS member countries share in the deep loss.
He also sent condolences to the wife of the diplomat, Nane Maria Annan, his family members, staff of the United Nations and the global organisation. Annan was the seventh of nine men appointed Secretary-General since the UN was established in 1945.
He was the first to emerge from the ranks of UN staff and the second to come from the African continent, after his predecessor, Egyptian diplomat Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali.