A picture issued on 25 February 2008 showing US Senator Barack Obama (R) who is anointed an elder and given traditional Somali clothes by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan in Wajir, northern Kenya, on 27 August, 2006.
The senator was given a camel as sign of appreciation for the visit but opted to donate it to the residents of Wajir after touring USAID projects in the town which was the epicenter of a severe drought earlier in the year. US Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will compete in the Ohio primary on 04 March 2008.
This exposes Obama's close family ties to radical Kenyan Muslims. Obama holds dual Kenyan and U.S. citizenship. He already stated that he would side with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. He demonstrated this by supporting the radical Muslim Odinga (his cousin) in 2006.
"Our government will not be held at ransom to extradite Muslims to foreign lands," Odinga told a crowd in Mombasa.
And Kenya's Evangelical Alliance charges that Odinga signed an outrageous secret pact with the National Muslim Leaders Forum last summer to put the strict Islamic Shariah Law over the country's regular laws in Muslim communities. Odinga "comes across as a presumptive Muslim president bent on forcing Islamic law, religion and culture down the throats of the Kenyan people," says the Alliance.
None of this has stopped Obama from speaking almost daily with his pal Odinga about calming things down in Kenya, says Time Magazine.
And at the request of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Obama taped a message which was broadcast over the radio.
Now is the time for all of Kenya's leaders to call for calm (and) to come together," said Obama. "Now is the time for this terrible voilence to end."
And according to Time Magazine, Obama has been in "near-daily conversations" with Odinga since the recent explosion of violence following the charges that Kenya's presidential election was rigged.
Odinga, who lost to incumbent president Mwai Kibaki, 76, has also been blamed for the terrible rioting in the country that left more than 600 dead.
In one town, 50 members of Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe died horribly when Odinga's ferocious followers torched a Christian church they were in.
But while Kibaki is a Kikuyu and Odinga is a Luo, there are claims that the conflict is really between the country's 3.5 million Muslims and more than 25 million Christians.
"It's the first time that religious issues have played such a prominent part in national politics," says the University of Nairobi's Karuti kanyinga.