In 1961,Ahidjo and John Ngu Foncha signed an agreement which rejected Cameroon's membership into the Commonwealth of Nations. Their reason(s) was not disclosed.
However in the 1980's, the situation changed because Anglophone Cameroonians increasingly demanded the admission of Cameroon into the the gentleman club- as the Commonwealth is fondly called.
The desire for the Anglophone Cameroonians to be admitted into the Club stem from the fact that Cameroon was already a member of Francophonie.
However, despite the pressure from Anglophones to be admitted into the Commonwealth, the Gentleman Club gave a number of conditions which were supposed to fall in line with the Harare Declaration of 1991.
Worthy to note is that the Harare Declaration was to promote and protect the following core values:
(1) Democracy and Democratic process and institutions which unanimously reflect the national interest.
(2) The rule of law and absolute independence of the judiciary from the other arms of Government.
(3)Honest and Just government
(4) Fundamental human rights, which includes equal rights and equal opportunities for all Citizens.
After accepting the above preconditions, Cameroon was admitted as the 52nd member of Commonwealth on November 1995 at Auckland, New Zealand.
The admission of Cameroon into the Commonwealth brought the number to Seven for countries who are both members of Commonwealth and Francophonie. These countries includes Seychelles, Mauritius, Dominica,St Lucia, Vanuatu, Canada and Cameroon.
The question now by many is 22 years after admitted into Commonwealth, is Cameroon meeting with the aspirations and preconditions of admission in the gentleman club ?Your answer is as good as others.