One of the grossly untrue stories ever told about the continued illegal detention of the leader and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria since the gruesome attack of December, 2015 was the one that stated that Sheikh Zakzaky’s wife was “not in detention but merely keeping her husband company.” This fairytale was said by the Presidency, as reported in the Daily Trust sometimes ago in January, 2017.
The presidency issued this colossal lie at a time the government perhaps contemplated letting her get out so as to use her presence outside to plant a seed of division within the Movement or divert attention but soon realized that her detention along with her husband by far serves their interest the most.
At the time the Presidency issued the lie, it was employing the principle of “colossal lie” to state that she was not being detained, and that she could even walk out anytime she so desires.
This principle being in use against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is that, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
In the coming days leading up to the thousandth day since the illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky, the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee will reflect on some of these colossal lies and how it has impacted on the campaign to free Sheikh Zakzaky.