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Religious Group Protests Rihanna’s Visit to Senegal for Children’s Education Conference

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Recording artist Rihanna attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.
Recording artist Rihanna attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.

*As ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education, Rihanna is attending an international conference in Senegal to urge world leaders to fund the education of kids in developing countries.

But not everyone in Senegal is so welcoming of the singer.

While RiRi joins conference co-hosts Senegalese President Macky Sall and French President Emmanuel Macron in Dakar today (Feb. 2), Jeune Afrique reports that a religious association is protesting her presence in their West African nation.

“No to Freemasonry and Homosexuality,” an association of around 30 Islamic religious groups in Senegal, accuse Rihanna of using masonic symbolism and being a member of the so-called Illuminati, a conspiracy myth which suggests that a shadowy group of global elites are working to establish a New World Order. They’ve reportedly accused Rihanna of colluding with the Freemasons to promote homosexuality.

Such claims about Rihanna’s beliefs have been roundly dismissed as ridiculous by her team in the past, but the group has called on the government to rescind her invitation.

Jeune Afrique quotes Senegal’s interior minister as saying he will ensure the safety of all conference attendees.

Meanwhile, Rihanna took to Twitter with her plea to world leaders on behalf of GPE.

At the financing conference, Global Partnership is aiming to secure $3.1 billion to support education for 870 million children in the most vulnerable parts of the world.

Rihanna, among the ten most followed people on Twitter, used her audience of 86 million Thursday to press U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull and French leader Macron to demonstrate their backing of girls’ education through funding Global Partnership. She called for the U.K. to pledge £380 million ($542 million), Australia to contribute AUD$200 million ($160 million) and France to pitch in €250 million ($312 million) by end of business today.

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