Friends and families pay tribute to late human rights defender, Ariyo Dare-Atoye – The Sun Nigeria
Family members and friends of the late human rights defender, Mr. Ariyo Dare-Atoye paid moving tributes to him on Friday during a singing/wake-up service held in his honor.
Dare-Atoye, executive director of the Adopt a Goal initiative and former staff member of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), died on October 27 in Abuja at the age of 41.
During a song service held at the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), Eternal Arms Parish (TEAP), Garki Abuja, Dare-Atoye, known as Aristotle, was described as a humble man who sacrificed everything for the development of humanity and his country, Nigeria.
A tearful human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, who could not control his emotion, described Dare-Atoye as a humble man who was considerate even in his death.
He also described Dare-Atoye as a reliable friend who stood by him for more than two decades even when he (Adeyanju) was arrested and jailed.
“Dare-Atoye has always been a diplomat and I am always the one who causes the problem. I learned so many lessons from him. He was always the peacemaker. He was just amazing and always caring.
“Even in death he was caring. He didn’t want to stress anyone. He didn’t want us to work. He was just an amazing soul,” Adeyanju said.
He said the best way to preserve the legacy of the deceased was for political actors to abide by the rule in the 2023 general election.
“Throughout his life, one of the things Dare-Atoye was known for was electoral law and the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
“We hope the politicians will not overthrow BVAS, allow the votes to count and the will of the people to prevail. This is the best way to preserve his legacy.
“He was always at the forefront of advocacy for electoral reforms, even when he stood alone before the National Assembly, he was always consistent on this issue,” Adeyanju said.
A pro-democracy activist and 2023 African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, described Dare-Atoye as a kind, selfless, modest and very humble young man who was dedicated to the development of democracy in the Nigeria.
“He was one of the best mobilizers you have in militant movements in Nigeria.”
Sowore said it was as if Dare-Atoye knew he was going to die when he called for free and fair elections in 2023 in his tweet, urging all relevant authorities to honor him with the demand in the next few months. general elections.
On his part, the director of the Abuja School of Social and Political Thought, Dr. Sam Amadi, said that Dare-Atoye has had a great impact on the lives of individuals, electoral reforms, democracy and the nation. , older than his age.
Amadi, the former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), said Dare-Atoye’s activism was non-partisan.
“Most of the things we do, Ariyo led them. For example, Chaliboy and Daji, we were all involved in ‘Our-Mumu-Don-Do’. It was Ariyo’s idea.
“I knew when electoral reform was rolling towards a brick wall there was no hope, I called it like it wasn’t going to work. They won’t sign it.
He said doctor, let’s try again. Let’s keep trying. Ariyo kept trying, he kept pushing with his usual diplomacy, usually very calm but with effective leadership, we got the result we got today.
Amadi said that when Ariyo was sick, they all gathered around him to send him abroad, but the cancer was very fast and took him three or four weeks.
He, however, said his friends were comforted by Dare-Atoye’s life of truth, humility, love, service to the country and patriotism.
“Ariyo was totally detribalized, he truly understood the need for us to build Nigeria on the basis of common human rights, on the basis of development and on the basis of truth and courage.
“Ariyo cut off Muslims, Christians and all kinds of people. He was a fantastic person and we mourn him,” Amadi said.
A member of civil society organizations in Nigeria, Andrew Imatome, described Dare-Atoye as the best hand among civil society organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria.
Imatome urged CSO members to quickly bring in someone to fill the void created by Dare-Atoye’s death.
“Dare-Atoye can die for you. He single-handedly sponsored electoral reform. He was so real and so natural. He was better than me. I wish I could copy his lifestyle,” Imatome said.
Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu, Special Advisor to former Senate Speaker Bukola Saraki described Dare-Atoye as an honest person who always stood by his words.
Olaniyonu said the role played by Dare-Atoye in getting the National Assembly to pass the Elections Act 2022 and signing the bill into law by Mr. President will not be forgotten by Nigerians.
He advised the federal government to award Dare-Atoye a posthumous award.
“I think we shouldn’t wait for the federal government to do it. Any organization interested in the development of our political process and the maturity of our electoral process should honor Dare-Atoye for this singular act that he defended.
Prof. Abiodun Adeniyi, Department of Mass Communication, Baze University, Abuja said that although Dare-Atoye died at a young age, his legacy survived him.
“Life isn’t really about longevity. Life is about substance. The guy died young, but he left substance behind.
“As a person who wants social transformation, social change and he gave his life to it. He died in the process. said Adele.
Amnesty International Nigeria Country Director Osai Ojigho described Dare-Atoye as a shrewd strategist, a bridge builder, a reliable man who meant a lot to her and CSOs.
“We lost one of a kind. A remarkable human being and someone I’m very proud to call my brother.
Ndi Kato, the spokesperson for the Labor Party’s Presidential Campaign Council, described Dare-Atoye as a good and honest man dedicated to his work.
“In all the time that I have known him, I have never seen him angry. He was dedicated to his work.
“He’s been an anchor for a lot of the work that we do. Whenever you call on Dare-Atoye, he was always ready to deliver, always ready to show up,” Kato said.
In his sermon, the pastor in charge of the parish, Pastor Evaristus Azodoh, advised all who serve in the chanting to think about the legacy they would leave behind and where they would spend their eternity.
“Dare-Atoye has been talked about a lot, but if you answer God’s call now, where will you spend your eternity? What legacy would he leave to your children?
“It’s a question we all have to think about because we all die one day,” he said.
Dare-Atoye was born on March 24, 1981 in Igbara-Odo, then Ondo State and present Ekiti State. He was a trained journalist who had previously worked with NAN.
He then worked with the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Ogun State and the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences (NIMG) in Jos.
According to his biography, Dare-Atoye once returned money mistakenly paid into his account by NAN, to the federal government, after his resignation.
He issued a check to NAN and called a former NAN CEO, the late Mrs. Remi Oyo, to inform her of his decision.
A memorial/tribute evening for him is scheduled for Saturday at Unity Fountain, Abuja, while his body leaves Abuja for Ekiti on Sunday 6th November and his burial in Ekiti on Monday 7th November. (NOPE)