Associates, friends abandon Hilda Williams 10 years after Funsho’s death
It could ne surprising to many people that barely 10 years after Funsho Williams, the late popular and gentle Lagos politician, was killed in a very gruesome manner, his wife, Hilda, appears alone.
Could it be that Funsho’s memories and legacies have been eroded with the passage of time or it just slipped through the minds of his so-called associates, admirers and friends?
Come July 27, it will mark 10 years since the former Lagos State commissioner for Works and strong contender in the race to the Round (Government) House in Alausa met his untimely death in the hands of assassins.
For Hilda, his widow, the emptiness and vanity of human words must be staring her in the face. She must now be wondering where all those people that promised so much when her husband was killed have gone.
At the early stage of the incident, many of her late husband’s political and business associates made vows and pledges that were vacuous.
They even succeeded in persuading the peaceful light-complexioned woman to join politics, an art reserved for astute, wily and methodical elements among the human race, to fill the vacuum created by her husband’s murder.
One had expected that she would read between the lines and turn down the Greek gifts, but she was swayed by the then powerful leader of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Lagos, Chief Olabode George.
She later defected from the party after she could not secure its governorship ticket due to the high-wire intrigues that characterised the primary from which Senator Musiliu Obanikoro emerged as the candidate at that time.
At her defection ceremony, many pledges were also made to make the beautiful woman relevant in Lagos politics, but no sooner was she was left in the lurch.
Many of Funsho’s friends and political associates had bragged and bayed that they would always be there for the family, come rain or shine. Those that promised to reduce the sky to a skyscraper dumped her like a bad habit, leaving the Williams family to bemoan their fate.
Meanwhile, speculations did make the rounds at the early stage of former President Goodluck Jonathan administration that she was going to be appointed a special adviser. But all that was just the figment of some people’s imagination until the end of that administration last year.