Osotimehin served God, humanity: Adewole

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By Abolade Ogundimu

From left: A family friend of late Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, Mrs Wemimo Berkeky; the widow of the late Professor, Olufunke; and the daughter, Kehinde Olorunleke, , during a Commendation service for Pro. Babatunde Osotimehin in Abuja on Thursday. Photo: Johnson Udeani/NAN

Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister for Health has described the late Babatunde Osotimehin, 68, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a man who served God and humanity during his journey on earth.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Osotimehin was one time Minister of Health between 2008 and 2010.

Adewole said this on Thursday while speaking with the mediamen at the end of Service of Song organised in honour of Osotimehin in Abuja by National Action Committee against AIDS (NACA).

“Osotimehin served both God and humanity throughout his life time and was passionate about the well-being of girls and women in the society.

“His legacy will definitely live forever in the life of those people he presided over their well-being,”he said.

Professor Babatunde Osotimehin
Professor Babatunde Osotimehin

Similarly, Pro. Onyebuchi Chukwu, also one of Osotimehin’s successors at the health ministry described Osotimehin as a sociable, humble and selfless professional.

“He was a sociable, humble and selfless personality; I rated him high while serving the nation in different capacity.

“Osotimehin was the pride of the country at the UNFPA. He will be greatly missed.

Chukwu also said Osotimehin was a man of immeasurable achievements.

From left: Former Minister of Health, Prof. Onyeabuchi Chukwu; Representative of the House of Representatives Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control, Rep. Abiodun Awoleye; Director-General, National Agency for the Control Aids, Dr Sani Aliyu; and Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, at the service

Victor Omoyele, representative of People Living with HIV in Nigeria said,“Osotimehin will be remembered by 3.1 million Nigerians living with HIV in Nigeria.(NAN)

Osotimehin’s daughter , Mrs Kehinde Olorunleke, described her father as a man who embraced his work with passion.

”He believed in us as his children than we believe in ourselves. We will miss him greatly,” she said

Osotimehin studied medicine at the University of Ibadan and earned Doctorate Degree from the University of Birmingham in 1979 as well as other academic laurels.

Born on Feb. 6, 1949 in Ogun state, he was also the pioneer Director-General, National Action Committee on AIDS. He died June 4


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