Regarding the April 22 editorial "Nigeria's glass: half full": I very much agree with you about the successes in the elections that recently took place in Nigeria. It is indeed the first time a civilian government has handed over administration to another civilian government without the usual military intervention. However, I do not agree that the result shows a wider gap between the Christian south and the Muslim north. Looking at it from the perspective of the political parties, they did have their strongholds, but the All Peoples Democratic Party captured places one would have thought impossible, especially in the south. On an individual basis, President Olusegun Obasanjo won in parts of the north as well.
Oluwabukola Oyetunji Idowu
Regarding the April 15 editorial "Valuing 'women's work'": A line about the disparity of women's incomes and the need for child-care policies to allow women to work struck me. The assumption seems to be that the answer is to farm out child-care and family responsibilities so that women could be free to work more efficiently and advance into higher echelon jobs.
This ignores the fact that such work would require long hours leading women to ignore and neglect their families, as career-oriented men have done in the past. I predate women's lib, and am aware of the problems of being a woman in a man's field. But this argument ignores the fact that women carry and bear children - and that most women want to nurture their children. It is wrong to make policies based on a theory that assumes work is the highest goal in life - as if happiness for most people is found not in relationships with their family and friends but in a job.
Ignoring the family responsibilities of women - and men - ends up dehumanizing us in the name of equality.