Why Are Senegal-Based Religious Groups Opposing Rihanna’s Visit To The Country?

By Victor Ochieng

R&B superstar Rihanna is expected in Senegal this coming Friday for a high-profile summit, but the visit is hanging in the balance due to opposition from several religious groups keen on stopping the singer from stepping foot in the country because of her alleged links with Illuminati.

“No to Freemasonry and Homos*xuality”, said an association of about 30 religious groups that believe the singer is a member of the Illuminati outfit, a group that brings together global elites with the aim of establishing a New World Order.

According to a report by the French media Afrique, the groups have since declared Rihanna persona non-grata in the country.

The Bajan singer is expected in the country to attend a Global Partnership for Education (GPE) conference, a conference that will be chaired by the country’s president Macky Sall and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, with the summit expected to take place in Dakar on Friday.

Rihanna is expected in the country for her role as the GPE global ambassador.

The religious groups have made a spirited appeal to the government to cancel Rihanna’s visit to the country, claiming that the singer plans to use her time in the country to promote homos*xuality in line with the practices of Freemasons.

“Rihanna doesn’t hide it: she’s part of the Illuminati, a branch of Freemasons,” Cheikh Oumar Diagne, a spokesman, told Jeune Afrique.

However, such claims have been dismissed by Rihanna’s music collaborators.

Even though the planned visit hasn’t been canceled, the fact that the religious groups are out to stop the pop star is making the visit shaky, considering that these organizations are very powerful in Senegal and usually shape public opinion and influence daily activities. Even though the country is made up of 90% Muslims, the religious situation is quite tolerant as Christians and Muslims are often witnessed celebrating their festivals together.

GPE aims to fund the education of millions of children and young people in developing countries.

“We’re hoping that the conference marks the moment that momentum shifts globally on education and education financing,” said Julia Gillard, the chairperson of the GPE board and Australia’s former prime minister.

“Over the last few years, there’s been growing global interest in education, particularly girls’ education, but financing hasn’t as yet followed. We need a step change,” she added.

In response to the concerns raised by the religious groups, Senegal’s interior minister has come out to assure all conference attendees of safety throughout the event.