FG, Bono explore global partnership to address northeast humanitarian crisis


ABUJA (VP’s Office’ Report) – The Federal Government will welcome a global partnership that would ensure a concerted and focused international response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency in the North-Eastern region of the country.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (Prof), gave this indication recently while receiving members of the ONE campaign led by the International Rock Star Artist Bono, and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who were at the Presidential Villa to discuss the possibilities of a global partnership to address the crisis through international advocacy.

While addressing members of the delegation that included former UK Development Secretary, Douglas Alexander, Prof. Osinbajo said, “It is very important that you chose to come and offer some partnership. This is great and we are pleased. Partnership is certainly the way to go.”

He further said that no matter how prepared a country could be, handling the kind of crisis in the North-East with two million displaced people including children, as a country would be irresponsible.

According to him, a global partnership to address the situation should be coordinated and more focused on what is required to be done, for instance, in addressing the issue of malnourished children and not attempting to do too much things at once.

Speaking earlier the Irish born artist, Bono, said he had visited some of the IDPs, that what he saw in the region was deeply disturbing, “We want to be useful to you.”

Bono also commended the social investment programmes of the Buhari administration. He also noted that he has heard of the incredible plans, the social investment funds; adding that the level of transparency already seen in the administration is very exciting and transforming.

The ONE campaign founded in 2004, is an advocacy organization with more than seven million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases especially in Africa. It has on its board people like Mo Ibrahim, Bill Gates, Micheal Bloomberg, amongst others.