If others can emulate the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in organising sporting competitions like the One Service One Medal (OSOM) Games in the 774 local government areas in the country, crisis and other vices will be reduced to their barest minimum.
By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, CP Ahmed Abdurrahman expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen after the closing ceremony of the third edition of OSOM Games at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Tuesday night.
CP Abdurrahman praised the organisers of the games for the initiative, while seeking replication all over Nigeria.
“Sports is a unifying factor. If only more organisations and individuals can partner government in taking competitions like this to all the local government areas in the country,” criminality and crisis will fizzle out of our society,” he added.
He recalled that during the recent disturbances in Kaduna metropolis and other parts of the state, that in the heat of the crisis, some areas were witnessing youth of different ethnic groups and religions playing football together and sharing pleasantries without any discrimination.
“During the heat of the crisis, I looked out of my window and was very happy to see youth of different ethnic groups, regions and religions of our great country playing sports with each other pleasantly. It gave me much joy,” he stressed.
The Kaduna Police Command boss further expressed joy that officers and men under his command were able to effectively manage the crisis and prevented it from escalating.
The four-day third edition OSOM Games saw the Team Police emerge winners with 65 medals.
It featured seven sporting events, held across several venues in Kaduna metropolis.