The remains of the late United Nations Secretary, Koffi Annan, were laid to rest in a state funeral ceremony attended by African leaders and international dignitaries on Thursday in his home country, Yesterday.

The government of Ghana thanked dignitaries who came to the ceremony while extolling Annan’s virtues.

Among the dignitaries present was the current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who said Annan had only returned home and that his absence was going to be sorely missed.

“It is our hope that the values exhibited by the former United Nations Secretary General, which include excellence, humility and peace will become subjects of our attention in the aftermath of his passing,” a statement signed by deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah read in part.

Annan, a Ghanaian national and Noble laureate, died in a Swiss hospital last month at the age of 80. His body was flown to Accra on Monday (September 10) for burial in his homeland, where he is seen as a national hero.