The Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) is a continental organisation made up of the Armed Forces of African Member countries. It is the African representation of the International Military Sports Council (CISM). OSMA has thus endorsed CISM's basic principles and motto:"Friendship through Sport" OSMA's main objective is to promote friendly sporting and physical training activities among the Armed Forces of member states, in order to foster the culture of peace needed for the economic development and the integration of the African continent. The Headquarters of OSMA is in YAOUNDE. Cameroon. OSMA was founded by Maj Gen Ishola Williams of Nigeria and Col Kalkaba Malboum of Cameroon. It is being adopted in 1994 at the 49th CISM General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. Its 1st General Assembly only took place on 25 March 2008, in Algiers, Algeria, under the high patronage of H.E. Abdelaziz Bouteflika President of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
As a follow-up to the implementation of his policy of revitalising OSMA activities, and as a prelude to the organisation of the 1st Sahel Solidarity Games, the President of the organisation, Brigadier General MAIKANO Abdullahi, undertook a series of contacts with the Nigerian Chief of Defense Intelligence and the Ambassadors of OSMA member countries based in Abuja and due to take part in the aforementioned games as follows: Chad, Benin, Mali, Cameroon, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo,etc
The newly elected President of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), Brigadier General MAIKANO ABDULLAHI of the Nigerian Armed Forces was installed in his functions as the OSMA President and the CISM Vice-President for Africa on November 30th, 2020 at the OSMA Headquarters in Yaounde.
The Ceremony was chaired by The Minister Delegate at the Presidency, In charge of National Defence His Excellency BETI ASSOMO Joseph in amidst top military and civilian officials of Cameroon and Chief Delegates of Member Countries. The Minister in his remarks after raising the OSMA President to the dignity of the OSMA Order of Merit the “GRAND CORDON”, urged Brigadier General MAIKANO ABDULLAHI to use his long and rich experience in the domain of military sports to bring together all the African Armed Forces on one platform in order to foster and promote peace and security among member countries.
It should be noted that Brig General MAIKANO has been serving in CISM and OSMA for many year as he has held key positions in the organisation. He was Sports Technical Adviser at CISM/OSMA West African Liaison office (WALO) and later became the OSMA Secretary General for two mandates. Today he comes in as the President to lead the organisation for the next for years. He promised to bring back inactive member nations to the organisation, improve on the working conditions of the OSMA staff and to seek various sources of income for OSMA through sponsorship and partnership among others.
The election that saw Brigadier General MAIKANO as President was conducted on the 7th of October 2020 through video teleconference within the context of the Covid-19 health crises. He ran for election among two other contestants from Algeria and Guinea winning by an absolute majority of 66.67%.