Ex-Minister Babatunde Osotimehin is dead

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

According to a brief statement by Babajide Osotimehin on behalf of his family, he lived a life well spent in service to humanity. Babatunde Osotimehin, remain unknown.

Osinbajo extended heartfelt condolences to late Osotimehin's children and entire family over the passage of their beloved father, grandfather and also an illustrious Nigerian.

He became executive director of UNFPA in January 2011 and served until the time of his death.

Babatunde Osotimehin was born in Nigeria's Ogun State on February 6, 1949.

Amosun said the professor was one of the many illustrious sons and daughters that the Gateway State is proud of.

"While in office as the honorable minister, Prof".

Meanwhile, the federal government also expressed shock over the sudden demise of the late Osotimehin.

Prior to becoming the health minister, Osotimehim held various roles in health agencies in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria's Permanent Mission to the United Nations has continued to receive condolence messages to Nigeria from several countries over the passing away of Osotimehin. It is also a loss for people around the world, who have lost a leading voice in global health, and a champion of equity.

Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women's Refugee Commission, said Osotimehin was instrumental in promoting "the sexual health and rights of refugee women" and "will be sorely missed".

Mr. Osotimehin's professional background was in health and medicine.

In a separate statement on Monday, Antohony Lake, the Executive Director of UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) also mourned Dr. Osotimehin's passing.

He also commiserated with the staff of the UNFPA and the entire United Nations system.

"I pray Almighty God to grant his family, the UNFPA the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss".

"His keynote address and acceptance speech clearly enunciated his vision and expectation of partnerships that make the world a better place to live through accountable reproductive health outcomes", said Ogirima in a tribute.

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