Nigerian-born Canadian appointed as justice minister

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A Nigerian-born Canadian, Kaycee Madu, has been appointed by the Canadian government as the justice minister and solicitor general of Alberta, a province in Canada.

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) made it known in a tweet that “Madu is the first Black Man to occupy either Provincial or Federal Justice Positions of the Justice Minister, Attorney General or Solicitor General.”

In the April 2019 general election, Madu was first elected as a minister in Alberta and prior to his current appointment, he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of the province, representing the district of Edmonton-South West.

Reacting to the appointment, Madu said “I spent my entire professional career fighting for those who lacked means, including at Legal Aid Alberta, Labour, Immigration, and Human Rights Tribunals, and in the courts. My views on the application of justice and equality will always be integral to who I am as a father, husband, citizen, lawyer, and politician.

“I am determined to make sure our justice system represents all Albertans in a way that is fair and accountable. In particular, I believe Modernizing the Police Act will be a necessary step towards ensuring equality for marginalized people before the law, and I look forward to that important work ahead.”

Madu is 47, was born and raised in Southeast Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a law degree (2001).

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