General News of Tue, 14 Mar 20175
Strong family ties solution to suicide – MFKI
The increasing rate of suicide in the country cannot be solved with only prayers but through strong family relations, the Movement for the Kingdom Image (MFKI) has said.
This follows the recent spate of suicides across the country, with eight cases recorded in one week.
According to the group, strong family relations provide opportunities for children to share their problems with their family and seek advice or encouragement from them to ease them of the pain which people who commit suicide do not have.
In a statement, MFKI said: “We want to correct the wrong impression being created by a section of Ghanaian media and some ministers of God and other spiritualists that the recent escalating rate of suicide cases in the country is spiritual.
“We want to state categorically that there is no iota of spiritualism in the situation we find ourselves in, rather it is as a result of how far we have neglected our way of life in the name of civilisation and modernisation, which now portrays our traditional way of living as barbaric…
“When we were brought up by our parents in a family of six siblings, we all ate from one bowl, slept on one bed not because people were poor, but to create some family bonding and love. The importance of this bonding is that it made the children share their problems together for solutions, unlike today in a home of two children [where] every child has his cup, bed, plate, etc. They virtually do nothing together, therefore, they don't have that bonding to share their problems, therefore, the many suicide cases we are witnessing,” adding: “Many of the cases are as a result of some challenges facing the victim, which he couldn't share with anybody.”
To this end, MFKI entreated “all to go back to our original way of life to avert these calamities and stop spiritualising it because no prayer can avert it”.