Many Ghanaians who went to the Accra International Conference Centre to pay their last respect to late United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, came out of the venue disappointed.
They were fuming as to why the casket of Kofi Annan was closed — something which is against our culture as Ghanaians.
A political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo, expressed his utter disappointment that the casket was covered.
“One thing that I am not too happy about is that in our culture when you are filing past a dead body, people to have the opportunity to view the body. But in this instance it is covered…this is so foreign,” he told Joy News’ Maxwell Agbagba.
But explaining why the casket was closed, Deputy Information minister, Pius Hadzide told Class FM that, Mr. Annan before his death stressed that he wanted a modest funeral, so they were only obeying the wishes of the great son of Ghana.
“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.
“We all know the kind of person Mr Kofi Annan [was] and I think that the way it has been arranged is just perfect. In any case, the casket is wrapped in the national flag, and, so, that is what is critical to us and maybe it is the design that makes it difficult for you to want to open it up and so on and so forth,” he said.