Atiku stated this while calling for reflection, ahead of his birthday on November 25.
In a statement made available to journalists by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, the former vice-president 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.
Instead, he advised them to convert 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.”
Atiku further appealed to Nigerians, to keep him constantly in their prayers on his birthday and afterwards, adding that “the battle truly belongs to the Almighty God.”