He said the nation’s leaders should not take the continued patience of the people for granted.
The former Vice President urged political leaders at various levels to brace up to the challenges of nation-building and economic prosperity for Nigeria and its people.
Atiku, however, urged Nigerians to face the future with optimism.
He hoped 2014 will be a better year than the outgoing year and the previous ones.
In a New Year message yesterday in Abuja by his media office, Atiku thanked God for keeping Nigeria together, despite its myriad of security, political and socio-economic challenges.
He said: “Despite our challenges in security, infrastructure, politics and economy, I am grateful to God for keeping us together. It is my hope that we will face the future of our country with confidence and fervent hope that God will grant us the better tomorrow we are working for.
“With hard work and dedication, elected leaders and public servants can rise to the expected challenges of national development and economic prosperity to redress the deepening poverty of ordinary Nigerians in 2014.
“Public office holders should not take the magnanimity of the Nigerian people for granted.”