Popular philanthropist and former governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) in Osun State, Babatunde Loye, has been conferred with a chieftaincy title.
The paramount ruler of Ila Orangun, Oba Abdul Wahab Olukayode Oyedotun Bibiire I, who conferred the honour on Loye, described him as a politician who stands out among the crowd, adding that he empowers indigenes of the community and beyond through his foundation, the Babatunde Loye Foundation.
The monarch charged the community members to emulate the new Balogun, saying: “We cannot do it alone. That is why we encourage all our sons and daughters, far and wide, to come and help us build Ila Orangun.”
In his remark, Loye pledged to use his new title to do more for his people, especially now that the town is fast developing with a newly approved federal university.
“I love the youth because they are future leaders, who will take care of the elderly. Through my foundation, I have been leading the campaign of mobilising support and entrepreneurial trainings for youths and even adults of this community and that has not been without the support of the Kabiyesi.
“With this new chieftaincy title, I will continue to bring in some improvements into the town and same thing for the state. I know this will come with some challenges but since I have been doing it even without a title, right now, I strongly believe that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen me. I will deliver,” Loye said.
His friends and associates, who graced the occasion, were hosted to a party as cultural troupes and musical band thrilled the audience.
Loye had his primary, secondary and university education in the country before proceeding to the United Kingdom where he had a successful career as a banker. He was also Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK-CANUK. While in office, he excelled in the areas of community engagement, fund mobilisation, youth engagements and upgrade of life for people living with disabilities.