By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, foremost diplomat and ex UN Secretary General has died at a ripe age of 93. He was the first African Secretary General.
The announcement was made onTuesday by Venezuela's U.N. ambassador and current head of the U.N. Security Council, Rafael Ramirez Carreno.
He is one of the top people we have lost in this New Year, 2016. He died in a hospital in the Egyptian City of Giza, where he had been after breaking one of his legs.
Ban Ki-Moon, the current UN Secretary General has lauded the invaluable contributions of Boutros-Ghali, by describing him as: "a memorable leader who rendered invaluable services to world peace and international order," noting he stepped up during "a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War."
"He showed courage in posing difficult questions to the member states, and rightly insisted on the independence of his office and the Secretariat as a whole," Ban said. "His commitment to the United Nations -- its mission and its staff -- was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the organization is indelible."
He studied International Law, Political Science and Economics at the prestigious Cairo University and New York’s Columbia University.
He became the UN Secretary General in 1992. His tenure, though short-lived but he played key roles in some of the crises that played out during those times like the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia, War in Angola and Rwanda’s genocide.
Boutros-Ghali is the author of the popular diplomatic piece ‘An Agenda For Peace’ an incisive report focused on Peacekeeping, Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy’
He is so far the shortest-tenured Secretary General; he served only one term. But after his tenure, another African Kofi Annan replaced him.
May God comfort the family of Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The world has lost an icon, an internationally acclaimed diplomat, jurist, and author.