Civil Rights Champion, Ariyo-Dare Atoye Dead
A civil rights champion, Ariyo-Dare Atoye is dead.
The activist died in Abuja on Thursday.
He was also the Executive Director of Adopt A Goal Initiative,
His death was announced by his colleague, Deji Adeyanju, who tweeted about it.
“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.”
It was learnt that the activist died of lung cancer.
The activist, who had been in critical health condition for weeks, had told his friends that he needed prayers to save his life. At the time, Ariyo was battling with the disease in a hospital in Abuja.
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).
He led several protests against the initial delay in the passage of the bill.