Nigeria mourns former Minister

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed shock and sadness over the death of the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Professor  Babatunde Osotimehin.

Osotimehin, a former Minister of Health in Nigeria, died on Sunday at the age of  68.

Professor Osinbajo extended condolences on behalf of the people and government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Osotimehin’s wife, children and entire family over the passage of their beloved father, grandfather and also an illustrious Nigerian.

“I also commiserate 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 Acting President said.

The late Osotimehin, who also had a distinguished career as medical doctor and teacher before he served as a cabinet minister in Nigeria, and later at the UN, will be long remembered for his many significant developmental contributions at home and in the international community.

As Professor 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.

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