A former senior politician in Ghana has claimed that British family values are in “a serious crisis” due to the promotion of gay rights.

Ghanaweb reports that former deputy speaker Mike Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra that the Western world’s family system is vanishing because it has allowed itself to be consumed by gay rights.

“At least Britain recognises it is in a serious crisis today because as they themselves say: ‘The family has broken down’. The family in Europe has broken down.

“Two years ago, the British Prime Minister himself made a public announcement of this,” he said.

He also reflected on the situation Africa, saying that traditional family values are under threat from the same promoters from the West.

“We consider this an abomination. We don’t want a moustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother. Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants.”

He added: “Indeed the family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it. We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the Western world must respect our values.”

Mike Ocquaye previously served as an MP and was Ghana’s High Commissioner to India from 2001 to 2004.

He then became Minister of Energy and finally Minister of Communications from 2006 to 2009.

Mr Ocquaye also served as the Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana between 2009 and 2013.

Earlier this month, he said that gay people are “sick” who need “psychotic” treatment and that “Africa must resist a new sodomy slave trade”.