The 3 days funeral for the late UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan is still ongoing but many have wondered why the casket is closed.

Some Ghanaians who filed past the remains of the late former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), on Tuesday expressed disappointment that the casket was covered.

However, Government has responded to the disappointment of mourners who wished the casket should have been opened for viewing of the corpse.

Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide said the wish was to have a modest funeral for the late Kofi Annan.


“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.

“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.”


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A final burial service will be held on Thursday,13 September 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 for the late Kofi Annan.

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