Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, has noted that, he was with much sadness when he learnt of the death of Mr. Kofi A. Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations.

He said, “he was a great personal mentor and father to me. His simplicity, decency, uncommon humility, selflessness and compassion made him a gem for humanity.

“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.”

Mr. Adesina said, Kofi Annan energetically co-Chaired the High-level Panel of global leaders to support the African Development Bank in its efforts to accelerate Africa’s development.

Adding that, as the U.N. Secretary General and throughout a distinguished career, Mr. Annan made Africa stand tall globally. “Africa has lost a great gem. I will greatly miss him and his rich words of wisdom,” he said.

“May his soul rest in peace,” said Mr. Adesina.

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