Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday expressed shock over the sadden death of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, 68, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and a former Minister of Health in Nigeria.
On behalf of the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Osinbajo extended heartfelt condolences to his wife, children and entire family over the passage of their beloved father, grandfather and also an illustrious Nigerian.
The Acting President, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, also commiserated with the staff of the UNFPA and the entire UN system on the demise of a very remarkable international public servant, who served passionately, diligently and worked tirelessly at the global and national stages to reduce maternal mortality and promote universal access to reproductive health.
The late Osotimehin, he noted, also had a distinguished career as medical doctor and teacher before he served as a cabinet minister in Nigeria, and later at the UN.
He said that the deceased will be long remembered for his many significant developmental contributions at home and in the international community.
As Prof. Osotimehin is being mourned internationally, the Acting President urged the Osotimehin family, friends and associates to take solace knowing that his notable service and worthy contributions especially towards improving women and children’s health across the world are widely acclaimed, deeply appreciated, and would be long remembered and honoured.