Nigeria’s General Maikano joins race for OSMA Presidency, promises to improve millitary sports in Africa

Nigeria’s General Maikano joins race for OSMA Presidency, promises to improve millitary sports in Africa

Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi has thrown his hat into the ring to contest for the post of President, OSMA, and Vice President of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), respectively.

Nigeria’s Aspirant, Brig. Gen. Abdullahi, who has contributed immensely to the development of military sports in Africa and beyond has, however, assured that if elected on 7th of October 2020, no stone will be left unturned to promote sports and encourage good sporting the relationship among the 51 African Countries and beyond.


He gave this assurance on Tuesday, in Abuja, during a press briefing when he officially declared his intention to run for the position of President and Vice President of the Associations.


According to him, I humbly welcome you to the formal presentation of my humble self, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi as an Aspirant for the Post of President of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) and the Vice President of the International Military Sports Council.


“Let me use this medium to intimate you that the International Military Sports Council also known as Consiel International Du SPORT Militarie (CISM) is a Global military sporting organization second to International Olympic Committee (IOC). CISM is concerned with organizing and coordinating Military Sports in the World.


“Nigeria has been a member of CISM which has 136 member Countries since 1972. It will interest you to note that our Country, Nigeria is also one of the strong Pillar of CISM and the Founding Father of OSMA.



“The Organization of Military Sports in Africa which was founded in 1994 by Nigerian, Major General Ishola Williams (Rtd), it became fully operational in 2008 with the Headquarters in Yaoundé Cameroun. There are 51 African Countries currently as members of OSMA; it is second to COJA in terms of Organizing of Sporting activities in Africa.



“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 the Republic of Guinea to mention but few.”


He equally applauded the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for nominating him to vie for the post of OSMA President and CISM Vice President for Africa as well as their wonderful achievements in Sports and physical training from 2015 – date.


Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi sought the support of member countries in taking up this challenge to recreate a new image for the Military Sports and reposition its developmental influence and possibilities across the globe.


The Association’s election is scheduled to take place on the 7th October 2020 via video conferencing.


Other contestants are from Kenya, Algeria, and Guinea Conakry.




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