Most Christian Animist students from the South believe that there is no suitable constitution in Sudan which would be a convergent body representing all the heterogeneous Muslim Arabs with the Christians and the Animists of the South. They argue that British colonisers and Muslim Arabs overshadowed this extreme and diverse heterogeneity of religions and customs between the two populations and arbitrary made them as one territorial nation.597 Some explain that during the colonial period Great Britain separated the South from the North, because of the opposing religious cultures. The past separation was a significant precedent that no constitution could bind them together.598 Muslim Arabs of the North want the state to be Islamic and Arabic constitutionally, while the Christians and the Ani- mists from the South want the criminal and civil penal codes in the country to be derived from Christian secular laws and African customs.599 The students’ claim of the past territorial separation is a fact of history. For twenty-five years, from 1922 until June 1947, British colonisers ruled the current Sudan officially as two different territories. In 1926, two British colonial officials in Sudan, Civil Secretary Harold A. McMichael and the Secretary of Finance, Sir George Schuster acknowledged the existence of wide cultural differences and introduced measures to the British Government to administer the popula- tion of the South independently. The intention was to groom the South towards its culturally similar zones of East Africa, particularly Uganda and British East Africa (modern Kenya). At that time, the Northern...
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