Osinbajo seeks support for N’East, hails ONE campaign team

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said no matter how prepared a country could be, it “would be irresponsible” for a single nation to attempt to handle the kind of crisis in the North-East with two million displaced persons, including children.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke while receiving members of the ONE campaign led by the international Rock Star artist, Bono, and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who were at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to discuss the possibility of a global partnership to address the crisis through international advocacy.

He said the Federal Government would welcome global partnership that would ensure a concerted and focused international response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency in the North-East.

Addressing members of the delegation that included former United Kingdom Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, the Vice-President 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 said global partnership to address the situation should be coordinated and more focussed on what is required to be done.

He said more attention should be given to the issue of malnourished children.

Speaking earlier, the Irish born artist, Bono, said he had visited some of the IDPs and that what he saw in the region was “deeply disturbing.”

Bono also commended the social investment programmes of the Buhari administration saying “we have heard of the incredible plans, the social investment funds.”

He described the level of transparency already seen in the administration as “very exciting and transforming.”

The ONE campaign is an advocacy organisation 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 among others.

It was founded in 2004.

The Chairman of Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Monday night said the foundation had so far spent about N4.5bn to address the problems of poverty and malnutrition in three states in the North-East.

Dangote said this in Abuja while speaking at the launch of a partnership with Lead singer of rock group U2, Paul Hewson, who is known by his stage name Bono.

He gave the three states where the N4.5bn was spent as Borno,Yobe and Adamawa, where activities of insurgents had left millions of people displaced.

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