Nigeria: Could Peter Obi’s rise bring an end to the Biafran struggle? 

By Eniola Akinkuotu
Posted on Friday, 9 September 2022 12:25

Peter Obi, Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Lagos, Nigeria August 18, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

For the last six years, Nigeria has been facing violent secessionist agitations in its southeast region. However, the recent rise of Peter Obi, the Labour Party's Presidential candidate, seems to be resonating with people there. Could his candidacy help bring an end to the Biafran struggle? 

The presidential election of 2015, in which General Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, was regarded as one of the most divisive in Nigeria’s history. This also seemed to be reflected in the election results, with Jonathan garnering more than 85% of all votes cast in the Christian-dominated southeast, while Buhari earned about 80 per cent of the votes in the Muslim-dominated northwest.