The president's sincerity in the national reconciliation and healing efforts was evidenced in his organisation of an official funeral for the late Winston Ndeh Ntumazah, a prominent Anglophone founding leader of the opposition Union des Populations du Cameroun (UPC), who participated in the February 1959 UN debate on French Cameroon
's independence and lived in exile for over 30 years in Ghana, Guinea, Egypt, and the UK.
Where French Cameroon immigrants are mentioned, the researchers limit themselves to the role played by these immigrants in the reunification process.
As indicated above, it may appear a paradox that immigrant populations escaping from inadequate economic opportunities and political persecutions in French Cameroon had to work for the reunification of their host territory and their home of origin.
Gibbons even declared in 1951 that "much of the drive behind the movement will disappear once N N Mbile (the prominent British Cameroon leader of the movement) has secured election to the House of Assembly and begins to turn his attention to more practical issues" (NAB) file vb/b (1951)1:7) However, what threatened the British authorities was the militancy of French Cameroon immigrants on this issue.
There are numerous instances where certain envious and improvident individuals sought and are still seeking to bring about, by subtle means, the eviction of industrious persons of French Cameroon origin who have developed excellent farms in their areas (NAB, si(1951)3, FCWU)
It was also in that year that the State of West Cameroon came into being after reunification with French Cameroon. West Cameroon formally known as British Southern Cameroons was made up of six administrative divisions.
What was more pressing was the security situation in West Cameroon on the eve of reunification with French Cameroon and also at a time when Nigeria was scheduled to gain independence by 1st October, 1960.