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Osotimehin Nigerians in Diaspora mourn ex-health minister

Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin passed way on Sunday night in New York at the age of 68 years.

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Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA) in New York, has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, former Executive Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Osotimehin passed way on Sunday night in New York at the age of 68 years.

The organisation, in a statement on Tuesday by Bukola Shonuga, Public Relations Director of NIDO Americas, described Osotimehin as one of Nigeria’s best talents.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director.

“He was a global citizen and one of Nigeria’s best talents. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold and a generous man who believed that women’s rights are equal rights.

“He believed that free health care is every citizen’s right; and that every child should have the opportunity to realise his or her full potential.

“He was a career public servant who dedicated his life to doing good and making sure there was a fair and level playing field in every venture in which he was involved in,” he said.

Shonuga, who is also the President of NIDOA-New York, commended Osotimehin’s contributions to the advancement of the causes of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

“Osotimehin was a patriotic and selfless Nigerian who supported causes to advance Nigerians in the Diaspora and at home.

“His death is a great loss to the Nigerian community in New York and the world community at large.

“But we are grateful to have crossed path with him and we would forever cherish his legacy,” Shonuga said.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the UN has continued to receive condolence messages to Nigeria from several countries over the passing away of Osotimehin.

The two-term UNFPA chief, who died on Sunday night in New York at the age of 68 years, was previously Nigeria’s Minister of Health.

He was also a one-time Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), which coordinated HIV and AIDS work in Nigeria.

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