Ahmed Isah, the host of a magazine radio programme, Brekete Family, has apologised for slapping a lady accused of setting a minor’s head on fire.
A viral BBC investigative video had captured the moment Isah slapped the woman, and the report resulted in heated arguments online.
During his radio program on Wednesday, Isah said he was overtaken by his emotions.
He said the incident happened three months ago.
“I call as somebody that is ashamed of himself…
“After three months…when they saw that police did not arrest the aunty…they came to me..
“They brought her in the evening after I have treated 200 cases.
“When they brought her, she was not remorseful. That was why I slapped her and I am very sorry for what I did…,” he said.
He also accused BBC and its reporter, Peter, of editing the video to suit the aim of his detractors.
He said BBC removed the part where people almost lynched the accused lady but for his intervention.
He said the BBC documentary was sponsored against him by some persons, including government officials.
“The video people see was edited by the BBC.
“Me as a father, I am not proud of what I did. As a human being, I have special attachment to children. I made mistake when I slapped her, I immediately regretted what I did.
He added: “I am not competing against anybody, even though I know that sometimes I really overdo things. I begged Journalists to delete the video where I slapped her.”
The mother of the affected child also spoke on the program.
She thanked Isah for coming to the rescue of her daughter, including paying her medical bills.