Nigeria’s Former Health Minister, Babatunde Osotimehin dies at 68

(Last Updated On: June 5, 2017)


Nigeria’s Former Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin has died is dead.

Osotimehin, who was a Minister from December, 2008 to March 2010, reportedly died at the age of 68 in the early hours of Monday.

Until his death, the former Minister was the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, UNPFA.

Sources from UNFPA say, his death was announced at the Nigerian office of the UN body on Monday morning.

He was said to have died in London.

Osotimehin was dedicated to gender, youth and maternal health issues. His last personal tweet alive was for “protecting the health and rights of women and their babies”, which he said “is vital to protecting our shared future”.

Prior to his appointment as the minister, Osotimehin was the director-general, Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and project manager for the World-Bank assisted HIV/AIDS programme development project.

He intended before his death to start a Husbands’ school in Nigeria, after the model seen in Niger Republic.

Osotimehin, who hails from Ijebu Igbo, Ogun state, was born in February 1949. He attended Igbobi College in Lagos in the late 1960s, before moving on to the United Kingdom, where he had his university education.