Former Nigerian Health Minister, Head Of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin Is Dead


The late Osotimehin, a renowned gender and youth health advocate, died in NY.

Nigeria's Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof.

He was a former Minister of Health and former Director General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA).

Distraught Nigerians have continued to offer their condolence.

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA) in NY, has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Prof.

"On behalf of the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof".

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed shock and sadness at the death of former Minister of Health, Babatunde Osotimehin.

Wentworth further observed that Osotimehin worked for high-quality, equitable, dignified care for every woman, girl and adolescent, with MSH proud to partner with him and UNFPA, through a long-term strategic relationship established by the FCI Program of MSH. Isaac Adewole, has described as shocking the news of Osotimehin's sudden demise. He attended Igbobi College in Lagos in the late 1960s, before moving on to the United Kingdom, where he had his university education.

"Our continent has lost a great leader and a real son of Africa and the world a staunch advocate for the health, dignity and rights of women, girls and the youth".

In a reaction, Minister of Health, Prof.

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The UNFPA is a UN agency which works for the improvement of reproductive health.

The Nigerian Medical Association has opened a condolence register for the late executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, who died early Monday at 68, calling his death a "monumental loss".

Osotimehin was the first director general of NACA until 2009.

Osotimehin had committed to align UNFPA activities with NMA's new-minted five-year strategic plan to shake up the health sector.

According to him, Osotimehin's death is an irreparable loss not only to Nigeria but to the United Nations and the entire global community.

"At this moment of sorrow, let us give thanks for Babatunde's life of service", Guterres said.

"I offer honest condolences to his family, the staff of UNFPA, to the government and people of Nigeria, and to all those around the world touched by this loss".

"I pray Almighty God to grant his family, the UNFPA the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss, " she said. He focused particularly on promoting human rights in population and development.

"His leadership made a difference in the lives of so many around the world", the mission said.