Pro-democracy Activist, Ariyo Dare Atoye has passed on at the age of 42.
He passed on Thursday afternoon after a protracted battle with lung cancer.
Atoye, a trained news reporter who spent years covering national affairs for the News Agency of Nigeria.
He was co- founder of the Centre for Civil Liberty and was famous for championing electoral reforms, especially passage of the electoral act.
After weeks of silence as he battled the ruthless disease that was spreading rapidly through his body, Mr Atoye posted a message to on Twitter, acknowledging support from friends and family while asking everyone to keep hope alive.
“I have done nothing to deserve all the prayers, calls, good will, generous donations, financial supports, efforts, love and affection,” he said on October 23.
Anthony Ehilebo, who was friends with Mr Atoye for years, lamented his passing as a major loss to Nigerian civil society and political reform efforts.