Atiku Abubakar.

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday called for reflection ahead of his 72 birthday celebration.

The birthday of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections is on 25 November(Sunday).

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In a statement made available to journalists by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku said a time like this required a sharp focus on rescuing Nigeria from the economic crisis and global ignominy.

Atiku, 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.

He said, “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 lead the country.

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.”