Former Health Minister, Prof Babatunde Osotimehin is dead.

Osotimehin died on Monday but the exact cause of his death is yet to be revealed.

Before his death, he was the Executive Director of the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA).

Prior to his appointment as Minister for Health under former President Goodluck Jonathan, he was Director-General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).

Born February 6, 1949, the 68-year-old was also a former Provost of the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan.

Osotimehin qualified as a doctor from the University of Ibadan in 1972, and went to the University of Birmingham, England, and got a doctorate in medicine in 1979.

He was appointed Professor at the University of Ibadan in 1980 and headed the Department of Clinical Pathology before being elected Provost of the College of Medicine in 1990.

Years later, he served in several organizations, including as Chair of the National Action Committee on AIDS, from 2002 to 2007.

He was appointed the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA in November 2010 and was reappointed in August 2014.

Osotimehin received the Nigerian national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in December 2005.