By Mohammed Tijjani
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, says playing golf has a significant role in the life of military personnel.
Amao stated this at a golf tournament in honour of the Commandant of Armed Forces Command and Staff college (AFCSC) Jaji, AVM Ebenezer Alade, on Saturday in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the Air Chief was represented by the Director-General, Defence Research and Development Bureau, AVM Peter Uzezi.
He said golf is a very important sport because it does not only satisfy physical or fitness requirements “it can be use to tell the true character of an individual.
“If one cheats, it will be known and if one has integrity issues, it will show on the Golf course.”
According to him, the Chief of Defence Staff recognises that golf plays a significant role in the life of military personnel and in Jaji, particularly, where young and middle cadre officers are trained.
He said his being chosen as the guest of honour was as a result of his understanding of the role golf played in military line.
“If you recall history of golf in Nigeria, the military has played a very significant role in the game.
“In fact, most of the first golf courses were in military barracks.
“When golf was introduced, it changed this place and significantly the lives of officers.
“That is why today if you look at the level of participation, it is mostly retired and very senior officers who are here playing the game.
“Golf also avails the chance to build very good relationships, and that is why you can see a lot of members of 34th regular course who are his mates come here to help him celebrate.
“He has been a very good golfer himself.
“He has taken golf to the next level and by end of his tenure as Commandant, this golf course will go a long way more than the way he met it.”
He congratulated the commandant for the wonderful idea and urged him to work more on facilities on the course.
Earlier, the Commandant said that what the club witnessed was enormous.
“That shows that a lot of people are happy because we have golfers who came from Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna and even Calabar.”
“As golfers worldwide, we like to celebrate ourselves.
“I am highly honoured with the turn out and it’s obvious that people are happy.”
He noted that as military personnel, golf which is essentially a form of sport, is taken as very essential.
“As you get older there are sports that you can actively participate in, and golf is one of them.
“It’s a mental and physical game which is not too stressful. That is why as you advance in age, you should want to play golf.
“Golf makes a total man because it is a game of integrity, that is why you see very senior officers play it.
NAN report that the golf tournament was played at the 1978-built, 18 hole Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim Golf Club, Jaji, in Kaduna State.
The competition had 115 entries, including retired Lt-Gen Lamidi Adeosun, member of regular course 34, senior serving and retired military officers among others.