HC Deb 23 June 1977 vol 933 c551W
Sir Bernard Braine

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in the light of the forthcoming constitutional talks on the Gilbert Islands and the Banaban plea for the separation of Ocean Island, why, since the German colony of Kameroun was renamed the British Cameroons and was administered as an integral part of Nigeria after the first World War, it did not continue to be so administered after Nigeria became independent in 1960; and whether the elected members of the Nigerian Government at the time readily agreed to the separation of the Cameroons from Nigeria.

Mr. Luard

The German Protectorate of Kamerun was divided after the First World War and each half placed separately under the mandate of France and Britain. Plebiscites were held under United Nations supervision in 1961 to determine whether the Northern and Southern Sections of British Cameroons should join with Nigeria or with the Republic of Cameroun.

The Northern Section chose integration with Nigeria and the Southern Section chose integration with Cameroun. The results of these plebiscites were accepted by the Government of Nigeria which had been independent since October 1960.