The burial date of late civil rights activist, Ariyo Dare Atoye has been scheduled for the 7th of November, 2022 in his home town i Ekiti state. Mr. Atoye died from cancer of the lungs in an undisclosed hospital in Abuja last week.
The date was made public Deji Adeyanju, a close ally of the late activist via his verified Facebook page.
Deji Adeyanju wrote thus:
” Burial arrangement for Late Comrade Ariyo Dare Atoye is as follows (sic):
-Service of Songs in RCCG Garki Abuja: Friday 4th Nov.
-Memorial/ Evening of Tribute at Unity Fountain, Abuja: Saturday 5th Nov.
-Body Departs Abuja for Ekiti: Sunday 6th Nov.
-Burial in Ekiti: Monday 7th Nov.
Mr Atoye, a trained news reporter who spent years covering national affairs for the News Agency of Nigeria, joined civil rights activism in the late aughts. After a brief foray into politics under the PDP administration of Goodluck Jonathan, he returned to activism and co-founded the Centre for Civil Liberty which he monitored out of Abuja.
Under the centre and in partnership with several other civil rights groups and activists that included Deji Adeyanju and Omoyele Sowore, Mr Atoye sought stringent accountability from the Buhari regime, which quickly became a worrisome authority for many rights activists in Nigeria and beyond following its inauguration in May 2015.
Over the past half-decade, Mr Atoye has led a campaign for electoral reform in Nigeria, and his contributions to the recent changes to electoral guidelines by the Nigerian parliament were widely acknowledged.