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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
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The federal government has said it will welcome any genuine offer of global partnership in order to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Northeastern region of the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made this known while receiving Irish Rock Star, Paul Hewson, popularly known by his stage name ‘Bono’ who is in the country on the invitation of Aliko Dangote.

Bono, who had earlier visited an IDP camp in Borno State, had promised to spearhead a campaign that would result in more assistance for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

The singer and members of his “ONE” campaign group were at the Presidential Villa to discuss the possibilities of a global partnership to address the crisis through international advocacy.

A statement by Laolu Akande, spokesman to the Vice president, quoted Osinbajo as saying: “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.”

Osinbajo noted that no country would single handedly handle the kind of crisis in the northeast which has seen more than two million people displaced.

He however maintained that a global partnership to address the situation should be coordinated and focused on what is required to be done, for instance, in addressing the issue of malnourished children.

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Bono told the vice president that his experience when he visited Borno State was “deeply disturbing”, which was why he decided with his team “to be useful to you.”

Bono added that “we have heard of the incredible plans, the social investment funds.”

He described the level of transparency already seen in the administration as both “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 was founded in 2004 and has on its board people like Mo Ibrahim, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg among others.

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