Tough Times Produce Great Results, Says Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa
Year 2021! Hmmm. What a wonderful period in my family, my practice, my struggles, my profession, my faith and indeed my country Nigeria.
It was a very trying period, in and out of court, travelings often and in very tough times, when I and my colleagues worked our souls out in the office, over very challenging court cases, most of which tested our capacities, but which we combated most courageously, with GOD on our side.
Above it all, I stood before a Court on July 1, 2021, to rescue out a fortune for a client. I’d fasted, prayed and done all and the case kept getting intractable but on this particular day, favour came down and I stood still as the Court thundered down and granted an order that changed lives for good.
2021 was a most challenging year, in moving round the Courts to get judges to accept my frequent excuses for my absence due to the EndSARS national assignment, which took me away from my clients and family. But GOD paid back every minute that I spent in that Panel, in so many wonderful ways than I can ever think or imagine.
December 2021 was the busiest of the months, shuttling from one court to the other. By 16th when I had my last trial in court, I was barely able to stand before the court, whilst my colleague who appeared with me was sweating profusely and coughing. COVID? The pressure was too much on me to just run away to some country to relax so I’d packaged my family for a get-away unforgettable holiday, only for the PCR COVID 19 test to come out positive for me, though mild and without the usual symptoms. And this on top of COVID vaccines 1 and 2 and even the Pfizer booster jab!
So I ended the year with isolation and treatment but the devil had lost the battle already. The fulfillment for me was for my colleagues and workers in the office, who had the best of times since we set up the firm in Year 2000. The joy we brought to the clients through the cases was purely unspeakable. And they were faithful to reward us in due payments.
Even though I’m home and isolating, GOD has given me the very best year of my life since I was called to the Bar in 1995. Long standing cases were settled miraculously, securing justice for the clients and granting fulfillment to the lawyers.
But it was also a year that tested the loyalty of friends and comrades, especially in the wake of the release of the EndSARS Panel reports. It was a moment that stressed my endurance level and I thank God for true friends. They kept calling me and insisting that I must let go and keep quiet and stop responding to comments. Some of them literally fought me to submission. It was then I knew the value of friendship and fellowship. It was difficult but I finally surrendered the day Rev Matthew Kukah called me and narrated his own experiences from the Oputa Panel. Looking back on it all, I couldn’t help but cry when he dropped the phone, but GOD reminded me to pray instead and to give thanks too, as He had used the priest and many others to secure inner victory for me, invariably. So many questions begging for answers: why should governance be so complicated? How do we live on propaganda as the main art of governance? I hope to answer these and many more questions in the nearest future.
I got several messages from very unknown sources, lots of words of encouragement and indeed friendly chastisements from those who truly love and care for me. I’m indeed very grateful to you all.
But also were the insults and childish talks. After reading one of those ridiculous comments one day, I sat down and thanked GOD, because I saw in it a message for me to settle down and improve on my myself daily and to take those messages as challenges to get better.
But I had a backbone in Oreka, always inspiring, always encouraging and always speaking supportive words to me, on all those trying moments. And above all always praying and crying to God, who saw me through the year till the very end. What a wonderful thing to dwell with your own partner, rightly chosen from heaven. Thank you dear.
BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD
I don’t agree with those who prophesy difficult times for Nigerians in 2022, because GOD has not finished with Nigeria.
If things were not as good for you in 2021, please know that they will get better in 2022, so long as the mercies of GOD keep us going daily.
In Proverbs 4:18:
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
You will never know a better yesterday or be a man or woman of yesterday, in Jesus name.
In Philippians 4:13:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
In this coming year 2022, and for the rest of your life, nothing will die in your hands, in Jesus name.
Keep doing your best, GOD will give you the increase in due time, remembering that:
“SUCCESS happens when good preparations meet with good opportunities.”
Please don’t stop trying, don’t resign to fate or take it that the end has come, because your best days are still ahead of you.
Happy New Year.
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN