The remains of the late U.N chief arrived Accra, 5pm Monday, accompanied by wife, children (Kojo and Nina), daughter-in-law and grandchildren. A service attended by the President and top government and United Nations Ghana officials, was held in commemoration of the arrival of the body of the late elder statesman. For the most part, the week has been dedicated to send Ghana’s highest diplomat home in grand style. His body was laid in state at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre Tuesday for the general public to pay their last respect, between the hours of 10 am and 4pm. This however met with disappointment and criticism by the general public as a closed casket was not in line with tradition.
Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide has explained that the late Kofi Annan who was in all sense a modest person had requested a modest and quiet funeral. In this regard, howbeit a state Funeral, the Government is going through with his wishes.
Wednesday is the exclusive reserve for Government officials and international dignitaries to do same.
In light of this, Ghana Crusader in an exclusive interview with Kwadwo Mpiani, former Chief of Staff under the Kufour Administration, discussed his thoughts on the idea of renaming the Kumasi airport after Kofi Annan, especially since the late Asanteman did Ghana proud.
Mr Mpiani, although himself a proud Asanteman, had his reservations about the airport being named after the late diplomat because he was an Ashanti. He highlighted the effects of Kofi Annan’s life on the Ghanaian people, the United Nations and the world at large; as a result of his great strides, he thought he deserved an airport named after him either in Accra or elsewhere in the country.