Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki is billed to the use the opportunity of an impending visit to Russia on official duty to lend support to the Super Eagles during the World Cup.
The Eagles, who had the privilege of a farewell dinner with Senator Saraki on the eve of their departure from Abuja, will open their Russia 2018 campaign against Croatia next Saturday, and the Senate President could be among their high-profile supporters.
This is sequel to reports that Saraki will be addressing the Russian Parliament during an exchange visit between June 19th and 22.
While announcing the visit on Thursday at plenary, Saraki told the Senate that he would be addressing a special plenary session at the Russian Federal Council.
“This is to inform the distinguished Senate that i will be leading a delegation of the Senate to the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on an exchange visit from the 19th to the 22nd of June 2018.
“During the visit, i will address a special plenary of the Federation’s council,” Saraki said.
Special Assistant to Saraki on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Bamikole Omishore said that the visit is sequel to an earlier meeting with the Chairperson of the federal council Madam Valentina Matviyenko at the 2017 Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU).
Omishore disclosed that Saraki will also make out time to support the Eagles during one of their games at the World Cup.
He listed those that would be accompanying Saraki on the trip to include Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Majority Whip, Senator Adeyeye, Senator Danbaba and Senator Sunmonu.
“They exchanged ideas and she invited the Senate President to deliver a speech during a joint special session.
“The event will also have a wreath laying ceremony at tomb of unknown soldier and other meetings to strengthen parliamentary relationship between both Russia and Nigeria.
“At the 2017 IPU, Saraki also began negotiations for a better trade relationship between Nigeria and Russia,” he concluded.