- Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi is vying for the position of the next president of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa
- Abdullahi is the current deputy director of sports at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja
- The well-decorated military officer also speaks four international languages - English, Arabic, Hausa and French will lock horns with others for the position
Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi, the deputy director of sports at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), is among four contestants vying for the position of the next president of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA).
Abdullahi who speaks four international languages - English, Arabic, Hausa and French will lock horns with other contestants from Kenya, Guinea Conakry and Algeria.
The president of OSMA is expected to be elected by 51 African member countries at a General Assembly to be held on Wednesday, October 7, via a virtual conference.
The winner of the contest automatically becomes the vice president of the International Military Sports Council.
Addressing journalists at the DHQ on Tuesday, September 1, Brigadier General Abdullahi said: “Let me state here that my vast experience in sports, fitness and training coupled with my participation in both national and international military and civil sporting activities enhanced my nomination for this post.
“I am a fellow member of the National Association of Physical and Health Education Recreation Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD). I have won several National and International Awards in Cameroun, CISM headquarters Belgium, Burkina Faso, Niger and Republic of Guinea to mention but few.
“As a senior officer in Defence Headquarters Abuja and deputy director sports, if given the mandate, I will project the good image of Nigeria better in both CISM and OSMA, promote military sports in Nigeria and Africa.
“I will also ensure that our continent is adequately represented in all CISM sporting events and World General Assemblies and it will also give me the opportunity to promote sports and encourage good sporting relationship among the 51 African countries.”
He thanked the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin for the military's achievements in sports and physical training from 2015 – date.
On the rivalry between Anglophone and Francophone African countries which may come to play in the election, Abdullahi said that the CDS has directed the Defence Intelligence Agency to communicate all Nigeria’s defence advisers to reach out to participating countries on the benefits that will accrue to OSMA if he is elected.
Brigadier General Abdullahi was the pioneer Secretary-General of OSMA as a then Lieutenant Colonel, when the organisation was founded in 1994 by Nigeria’s Major General Ishola Williams (Rtd), and a Cameroonian.
It became fully operational in 2008 with the headquarters in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.
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