Levick to support Nigerian government as it searches for Boko Haram

Levick's work includes government affairs and communications counsel with the goal of "changing the international and local media narrative" about Nigeria's commitment to returning the more than 200 girls kidnapped by terrorist organization Boko Haram in April.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

WASHINGTON: Levick has signed a $1.2 million, year-long contract with the Nigerian government to provide public affairs and communications counsel in the wake of the Boko Haram kidnappings.

Levick’s work began June 16. It includes government affairs and communications counsel with the goal of "changing the international and local media narrative" about Nigeria’s commitment to returning the more than 200 girls kidnapped by terrorist organization Boko Haram in April.

The firm will also aid the government’s efforts to "mobilize international support in fighting Boko Haram as part of the greater global war on terror," according to documents filed with the Justice Department.

Levick’s services will also include communicating the administration of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s "past, present, and future priority to foster transparency, democracy, and the rule of law throughout Nigeria."

Levick president Mark Irion said the firm is focused on "outcomes and authentic communications that build trust," and it is approaching the work "to tell the world what is really happening to recover these girls and fight the scourge of Boko Haram."

Levick will also work with human rights lawyer Jared Genser, according to the documents. Genser, MD of legal services firm Perseus Strategies, is also the founder of nonprofit Freedom Now, a group that works to "free prisoners of conscience worldwide," according to Perseus’ website.

Nigeria has been terrorized by the Boko Haram group in recent months, most notably by a series of terrorist attacks and the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls two months ago.

In response to the kidnappings, a number of celebrities and first lady Michelle Obama participated in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign starting early last month.

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