21 students and three teachers of Government Day Junior Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi State, died in a ghastly motor accident Tsaida Village on Gaya Road on Tuesday while returning from an excursion in Kano State.
They had since been buried. Prayers were held at the palace of the First Class Emir of Misau, Ahmed Suleiman, was led by the Chief Imam of Misau Central Mosque, Usman Baba.
“I am deeply saddened by the untimely and sudden death of these children. “They died while pursuing education and in a quest for knowledge as future leaders of our country. “This is a national tragedy of monumental proportion and a huge loss to the country.
“These children embodied our hopes and aspirations for a better society and their sudden death is a big loss to Nigeria because only God knows what they could have become in the future. “I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to their parents, students and teachers of Government Secondary School Misau, Misau Emirate Council and the entire Bauchi State over this tragic incident, ” the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in a statement on Wednesday.
The NANS National Public Relations Officer, Bestman Okereafor, expressed the sympathy in a statement issued in Enugu.
“NANS received with shock the sad news of the death of the students of Government Day Junior Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi State, alongside their teachers in a ghastly motor accident on Kano-Gaya Road. “We commiserate with the parents and relatives of the victims as well as extend our sympathy to the management of the school, Bauchi State Wing of NUT and friends of the victims,’’ the association said.
NANS called for thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.