Seventh-day Adventist leaders say there was no attempt to convert President Obama’s step-grandmother, a Muslim, during an evangelistic event this spring in Kenya.
Muslim groups complained when church leaders invited Sarah Obama, 87, to the April 18 close of a three-week crusade in Kisumu, Kenya. An Adventist pastor, Tom Obuya, later told Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper that “Mama Sarah had assured us that she was converting, and we were ready to baptize her.”
Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, said Muslims would not “sit and watch one of their own being coerced” to convert to Christianity.
Sarah Obama, who has become a local celebrity because of her step-grandson’s White House win, is the third wife of Barack Obama’s paternal grandfather.