Weber Shandwick developed Nigeria's online effort to promote its "comprehensive plan to modernize the economy and improve public services" of the African energy powerhouse that is under siege by Boko Haram Islamic group.

The PR firm's London office, on behalf of Nigeria's Transformation Agency, designed, build and launched its website this month.

Weber Shandwick will develop site content and is expect to handle promotion, according to its lobbying report.

Nigeria paid $617K for the work.

During his Jan. 25 visit to Nigeria, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Nigeria's leadership that further American counterterrorism aid is contingent on a fair and free presidential election next month.

He made that pitch in separate meetings with president Goodluck Jonathan and political rival retired general Muhammadu Buhari.