- Many Ghanaians who have been to the International Conference Center have expressed disappointment over developments
- According to them, they were at a loss as to why the casket of late Kofi Annan was not opened
- The Deputy Minister of Information has however addressed the issue
Some Ghanaians who filed past the remains of the late former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, on Tuesday, 11 September 2018, expressed disappointment that the casket was covered.
Ghanaians who visited the Accra International Conference Center hoping to see late Kofi Annan's face for the last time as they paid their last respects, were left saddened by the turn of events.
They wondered why organizers did not open the casket to allow those of them who never had the opportunity to see the man alive, do so before he is buried.
Kofi Annan's casket was closed and draped with the national flag.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Pulse.com.gh, Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide explained why the mortal remains of the former UN General Secretary was covered.
He said the wish was to have a modest funeral leading to the casket being closed during the public viewing.
"There are high-profile funerals that I’ve attended that I’ve seen the casket covered even in this country and, so, it’s not a major problem; the important thing is that you see the family sitting in state, and, so, the man Kofi Annan himself is a modest person, and, so, he doesn’t want a lot of flamboyance around the funeral with a lot of frills," the deputy minister indicated.
"Yes, this is a state funeral, we admit, but even as we give him a befitting state funeral, we think that it is still important that we respect his wishes of keeping it a little modest, a little soft and so far, it’s been very good," he added.
Today, Wednesday, 12 September, dignitaries including recognized groups, chiefs, Members of Parliament and Ministers of State and world leaders, will have their turn to pay their last respects to the former UN boss.
A burial service will be held on Thursday, September 13 at the Accra International Conference Centre, followed by a private burial at the new military cemetery with full military honours and a 17-gun salute.
The mortal remains of the former UN Boss was flown into the country on September 10 and was received by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and a team of government functionaries.
Kofi Annan dies in Switzerland at the ripe age of 80.
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