In fact, the African Ambassadors first met and decided that this man must run for another term and they were going to back him. That was how he got his second term without anybody attempting to challenge him because he did not need to go through anybody, his work said it all.
Mr Speaker, he was a soft-spoken man who would not shout at anyone but would make his point very clearly for one to understand where he was coming from and what he wanted to do.
The late Mr Kofi Annan has left a very big hole for us as a country, because he was our greatest advocate not just for Ghana but Africa and the world as a whole.
Mr Speaker, of course, there were challenges during his work just like any other person. Some have misunderstood him, others have accepted it as it is. One case that the Hon Majority Leader referred to is the issue of Rwanda.
He was the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping when the Rwandan genocide happened, so obviously, he was directly in-charge of it, but I can say that the late Mr Kofi Annan as a responsible individual, did the most responsible thing at the time.
He stood firm, went to the UN to argue that they should not abandon Rwanda and forcefully made his point. Of course, if the Security Council of the UN does not support you, there is virtually nothing you can do, and that is what happened at that time.
Mr Speaker, the Security Council decided that the UN would have to leave the place, especially when the 10 Belgium soldiers got killed, they left. As fate would have it, there was a Ghanaian contingent;
one of our generals, Major General Henry Kwame Anyidoho being the Deputy Force Commander insisted that the Ghanaian contingent should stay throughout the exercise.
If there is one legacy that the late Mr Kofi Annan and Ghanaian peacekeepers have left, it was the fact that when a fellow African country was in distress and everybody was running away abandoning them to their fate, they decided to stay.
They did not just stay in Kigali which was not the biggest problem at the time, but they stayed in a place where there was war raging. They had to go out there to help people, assist women and children, to ensure that the place was calm. That was one thing that the late Mr Kofi Annan left when he was there.
He told the peacekeepers that everybody was leaving, but you can help me stay and work, save lives, live an image and a legacy. That was exactly what the Ghanaian peacekeeping contingent did at that time at the peril of their lives. They could have all been killed but they decided to stay.
Mr Speaker, their brother was in- charge, they stayed with him and he visited them regularly even when the killings were going on. When the rest of the world decided to abandon the place, he would visit there regularly, visit Kigali, visit the Ghanaian troop and encouraged them.
In my view, the late Mr Kofi Annan was born to lead the UN at the time. Look at the conflicts in Africa during the time he was there and if he was not there, what would have happened? Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Sierra Leone, La Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi
and almost the entire African continent; many countries had serious problems but with Mr Kofi Annan there, he helped to turn the tides.
Mr Speaker, today, 1 would not say that Africa is free, but we could say that Africa has come very far.
Today in West Africa, I do not think that there is a single country that does not have a President who is democratically elected. Almost every President in West Africa today was elected through the ballot box, so people have changed and continue to change and these are legacies that we should celebrate.
Mr Speaker, I am sure and I know that the government is thinking about doing something huge in memory of him as a statesman and as someone who left a huge legacy, especially in the area of peacekeeping. I am sure that very soon the President would announce a package for the people of Ghana to see what Mr Kofi Annan did for peacekeeping.
Mr Speaker, I would still thank the Hon Member who made the Statement because it is a Statement that we should keep, we should eulogise him, look at his works and let people know that if Mr Kofi Annan could do this then we should challenge the young ones that they could also do same.
They could look at him that if he could do this from the 1930s and 1940s when a lot of people had not even gone to school, but if with no opportunity he could rise up to this stage, then with all the opportunities that we have today as young people, we could also do same.
Mr Speaker, for me he is an inspiration to all of us and as I said, he is soft spoken,
a gentleman and someone who cuts across the entire Africa and everybody talks about him.
Mr Speaker, look at the speeches made by President Ramaphosa, President Akuffo-Addo as well as the United Nations Secretary-General. Mr Speaker, in eulogising him, almost everybody mentioned something that we could use to remember him.
Mr Speaker, 1 thank you for the opportunity.