The world mourns as former Nigerian minister of health and head of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) died in the early hours of Monday the 5th of June, 2017 at the age of 68. He was born on the 6th of February, 1949 in Ogun state, he attended Igbobi College in Lagos, undertook his medical studies at the University of Ibadan and received his Doctorate from the University of Birmingham. Until his death, he was serving as the Executive Director of the UNFPA, having been reappointed on the 21st of August, 2014, he was first appointed to this position on the 1st of January, 2011. Before his appointment to the UNFPA, he had served as the Director-General, of the National Agency for the Control of Aids in Nigeria, and also as Nigeria’s Minister of Health amongst many other local and international positions.
Condolence messages from home and abroad have been pouring in as the world mourns a humble man who positively impacted the world. According to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the late Osotimehin will be long remembered for his many significant developmental contributions at home and in the international community and he urges the 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 honored.