Popular Nigerian civil rights campaigner, Ariyo-Dare Atoye has died at the age of 42 after a protracted battle with lung cancer.
His death was announced by his colleague, Deji Adeyanju, who tweeted on Thursday afternoon, “My brother comrade Ariyo Dare Atoye has gone to be with the Lord.
He was looking at me till the last moment. From God we came, and it is certain to Him we will return.”
Atoye was a frontline human rights crusader who stood against oppression, injustice and forces and actions that sought to undermine civic and media space.
The activist played a major role in the passage and signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2022 into law through a coalition called Civil Society Partners on Electoral Reform (CiSPER).