Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has called for reflection ahead of his November 25 birthday anniversary.
In a statement made available to journalists by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku said such perilous times as we have found ourselves require ‘sharp focus’, and not merriment.
The former Vice President, therefore, enjoined his family, friends, and associates to withhold from placing adverts to congratulate him.
Although he thanked them for their good intentions, he advised them to channel their funds for adverts and congratulatory messages in the media, into charity organisations of their choice, such as orphanages.
“These times call for sober reflection and prayer, rather than merriment and jollification. These times require a laser-sharp focus on rescuing Nigeria from the economic crisis and global ignominy.
“These times must be dedicated solely to the task of getting Nigeria working again, on JOBS (Jobs, Opportunities, Being United and Security). The time for celebration will definitely come. But, first of all, the battle for the soul of our nation must be won.”
The PDP flagbearer also thanked Nigerians for their overwhelming support in his quest to become the country’s leader.
He appealed to the citizens to keep him constantly in their prayers on his birthday and afterwards adding that “the battle truly belongs to the Almighty God.”