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A former governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola has said he would start the taxation of wealthy Nigeria if he becomes a minister.

Aregbesola was among those screened on Monday by the National Assembly following the submission of the list by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He said this while responding to the senator from Abia central, Theodore Orji who asked for his view on multiple taxation and how it affects businesses.

“The truth is, Nigeria is a federation and I am a federalist. There is a limit to what we can do on taxation in the federation. I wouldn’t have loved to go into this because it is going to be controversial,” he said.

“We have left the rich men in Nigeria without discharging their responsibility to the citizens particularly on taxation.

“So, I am going to pioneer privilege taxes for those who have huge resources or wealth from which Nigerians must tap.

“If I go into this, there might be some ill feelings in some quarters, so I wont go deep into that.

“I will recommend serious taxation for wealthy people in Nigeria.”

He added that “If that will now translate to lifting the burden on the state and the local government to reduce the penchant for taxes that make poor people give from their inadequate resources, of course, I will be satisfied.

“I am going to advocate a just taxation system.”