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Mr. Davis declined to comment directly on his specific work in Nigeria but acknowledged that the Boko Haram crisis, a growing economy and a competitive election opened the door for more American consulting business and image-making.

Nigeria is now an engine,” he said. “It has emerged as the largest economy in Africa, and it is not just about energy and oil, it’s about image. It realizes it has to get its facts out to the global media,” he said.

The emergence of a robust opposition party also signifies Nigeria’s democracy is healthy, he added.

“That’s not bad news for the Goodluck Jonathan government; it’s good news. Unlike other African countries, this country faces a very real election contest and campaign. That means if Goodluck Jonathan loses the election, there will be no tanks and guns, which is good news for everyone,” he said.