Exploring the Roles of Government and Churches in Curbing Suicide among the Youths in Nsukka Urban of Nigeria

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Exploring the roles of government and churches in curbing suicide among the youths in Nsukka urban of Nigeria

Bright Kowhiroro and Festus Osom Omosor

Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies | Vol 9, No 1 | © 2021 Bright Kowhiroro and Festus Osom Omosor | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 March 2021 | Published: 24 August 2021

About the author(s)

Bright Kowhiroro is a postgraduate student in the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Festus Osom Omosor PhD is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy Delta State University, Abraka.


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The current rate at which the youth in Nsukka urban commit suicide has become quite worrisome. The inability of some youths to overcome personal problems leading to depression, mental disorder, risktaking, and poverty leads them into various forms of suicide. The aim of this paper is to explore the roles of the government and the church in addressing the challenge of suicides among the youth in Nsukka urban. The phenomenological method was used in this research to achieve this aim. Data were collected from both primary and secondary sources. Data gathered were analyzed using the historical, descriptive and evaluative approaches. The paper recommends that the Nigerian government should create more opportunities for the youths. Also, church leaders in Nsukka urban are encouraged not to relent in enlightening worshippers on the value of life irrespective of difficult times.

Key words:


Suicide, Youth, Government, Churches, Nsukka Urban