Stanley Nwabia, a popular Nigerian social media commentator is dead at the age of 43.
According to Mr Nwabia’s family, he died in the early hours of Sunday following an unsuccessful blood transfusion procedure in Lagos.
A Twitter user, Ojugo Onyeluka (@GentleOjay) confirmed his death after speaking with Mr Nwabia’s wife.
It was not immediately clear why the procedure was necessary for a man who appeared agile and socially adept. His last Tweet was three days ago, indicating he might have fallen ill beyond recovery after that.
“His wife was sobbing uncontrollably,” Mr Onyeluka said. “I was also too emotionally broken to ask him why the transfusion had to be done so urgently.”
Some of his associates have also tweeted confirmation of his passing and hailed him as a courageous political commentator and patriot.
Mr Nwabia is popular amongst supporters of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, which he used his Twitter handle (@MrStanleyNwabia) to champion online. Some of his associates have speculated a kidney failure as the cause of death.
Twitter Influencers pay tributes to Stanley Nwabia:
Our dear @MrStanleyNwabia died this morning after a brief illness.
Dear Stanley Nwabia, we would miss your voice against the anti people's policies of the govt
Another brilliant mind of ours lost to the cold hands of death.
Rest In Peace King!
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) September 29, 2019
Stanley Nwabia was a potent voice against the Buhari tyranny. Crude as his methods were, they kept the government in check. He will be missed.
— Zamora (@orladhortun) September 29, 2019
How the fuck did Stanley Nwabia die? I swear i saw his tweets two days ago. My God💔💔💔💔
— The Papi (@tawah89) September 29, 2019
Do you know that Stanley Nwabia coined "Follow Person Wey Sabi Road" for the @bukolasaraki presidential campaign?
RIP Mr Stanley 🙏
We'll miss you. pic.twitter.com/IqSQpBzRKv
— TheSarakist (@TheSarakist) September 29, 2019
"A Virgin that demands sex from a man with Big Penis must accept whatever she experiences during intercourse."
~ Prof Stanley Nwabia (2019)#RipStanleyNwabia
— 👑 Obong Ekpe. PhD 🐯 (@Ody_johnson) September 29, 2019
Although he blocked me, I still find a way to see some of Stanley Nwabia’s sarcastic contents. I even reached out to him last month to unblock me but unfortunately… #RIPStanleyNwabia pic.twitter.com/KZO30iliUn
— Åkukaria ⭐️ (@AkukariaSA) September 29, 2019
@MrStanleyNwabia was a great man, an intellectual, a great soul of matchless courage, one of the greatest voices from the East,Great Soldier.
We had great memories of you on timeline.
You will forever be remembered for your resilience,strong will and advocacy.
RIP Stanley Nwabia.
— Anambra 1st son💭 (@UchePOkoye) September 29, 2019
A day to remember!
An icon is gone,
His sense of humor is unquantifiable,
One of my boss on political twitter,
I'll miss you greatly, rest in perfect peace 😢 😢 😢 Mr Stanley Nwabia pic.twitter.com/rsWj03Vo1N
— Ethical 🇳🇬 (RIP Stanley Nwabia) (@walecoker65) September 29, 2019
Stanley Nwabia was a Co Editor of Daura Times during its runtime.
A creative man, a genius.
Life is truly vain. pic.twitter.com/l1awgHYvVq
— Parosident (@TheMbuhari) September 29, 2019