Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and former Nigerian health minister, passed on Sunday, 4th June, 2017, in his New York Home, aged 68.
A notable global public health leader, Dr. Osotimehin is believed to have passed on suddenly while watching television alone in his home, although as at the time of writing this, no official statement has been released on the cause of his death.
Born February 6th, 1949 in present day Ogun State. Osotimehin attended Igbobi College between 1966 and 1971. After his medical studies at University of Ibadan, he went on to receive a doctorate in medicine from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 1979.
Before his death, Osotimehin served as Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan between 1990–1994. In 1980, he became a Professor of Clinical Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. A former health minister under President Yar’adua (2008-2010) and also former head of Nigeria’s AIDS agency, NACA. He was also serving his second term as a UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA.
He became the Executive Director of UNFPA on November 19, 2010 and served his first four-year term and was re-appointed on August 21, 2014.
In a tribute, the UNFPA wrote:
“This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria. Dr Osotimehin was bold and never afraid of a challenge and his strong leadership helped keep the health and rights of the world’s women and girls high on the global agenda.”
Also, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres tweeted on his official Twitter Account: